Author Archives: Thomas Martin

Prayer For All Life

On Wednesday we drove to the Oregon coast escaping near 100 degree temperatures in Portland. Walked a trail down to a secluded bay avoiding most of the summer crowds. Stepping over vein-patterned roots under Hemlock and Spruce, through still quiet … Continue reading

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Exiles Of The Alchemy

  Once you know, having seen over long history, your heart floats up to the good after every descent and your eyes are with every deed, gentle you may release discoveries foster the peace bring lost light to this dark … Continue reading

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Sunlight Blesses The World

  Not a single thing is commanded to be other than it is, except by old words of old men sunlight blesses the world as it is demands nothing from its fierce kiss from its soft caress from its bleached … Continue reading

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Mooshi the beautiful gift

  Our beautiful cat Mooshi was a little skittish, having been feral in her first few months of life. She was strong and sweet, devoid of guile. She wasn’t a lap cat, didn’t like being picked up for long. She … Continue reading

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Gently Persist

Autumn is here, rain arrived, waited a few days and returned. With the sun tilting lower, shadows are long and the garden stays damp despite warm days. A squirrel runs, tapping along the fence and down the pear tree, sniffing … Continue reading

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Meditation On Sound and Thought

Looking at thoughts, they seem to have sound, be noisy, but there’s no sound. Even verbal thoughts are silent. What is it that makes it so they seem like spoken words? Why does imagined sound seem other than complete silence? … Continue reading

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Powerless To Leave The Now

The earth is a slow moving liquid, the sea is viscous air, and the wind is space with the touch of a feather. And touch is what we know, and our knowing is weightless. Powerless to leave the now, time … Continue reading

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The Scent of Rose in Cool Sea Air

At about the mid point of the trail as it swung back toward the coast, through stands of white barked Alder with fresh new leaves, there was a small cirque created by a slip opening the forest three hundred feet … Continue reading

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…the lightest of things must appear eventually

A heavy fog hung across the city for several days. This morning, as the sun rose, suddenly the sky was pale blue openness edged with apricot. Sparkling frost on roofs, twigs crystalline with ice, and the lacinato kale in the … Continue reading

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…a primal neutrality

Mid january and curled yellow leaves still cling to the pear trees at the back of the property. Their beauty is set against a blue grey fog, suspending this cold winter morning in waiting. A muted light envelops the trees … Continue reading

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All pasts and futures are unverifiable as anything actual

Sitting outside last summer the air was filled with the sound of maple leaves rustling in gusts of wind. The touch of sharp leaves, pale green and crimson bow shaped seedpods with air and each other in total orchestration of … Continue reading

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All The Passing Things Must Have A River, The Teeming Must Have A Sea

If you look at a simple ‘object’ like a door handle, first thing to notice is how we usually don’t actually look at something but distractedly confirm what appears as known. The next thing is we look through our thoughts … Continue reading

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so lost and homeless it always discovers…

Concepts trick us into thinking that the things they stand for are definite and discrete in form when in fact they rarely are. So if we are to clearly think we must admit the fuzzy form of things that their … Continue reading

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ALL IS MOVEMENT

Everything is movement, nothing is static. Either fast or slow or very fast or very slow. We live on a narrow band within an infinitely complex orchestration of movement. Not a band really but slowness enough for objects to appear. … Continue reading

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If We Don’t See, Eventually We’re Shown

Today I decided to cycle to the Post Office as a gift needed to be sent soon for a birthday. It had been raining heavily but now the rain had stopped. The sky was dark, heavy and cold, gusts blew … Continue reading

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