Walking

I am walking down the hallway in this house,
but really I am walking through myself.

It is just like a waking dream — I am walking
above the ground, maybe a few inches or feet.

It doesn’t matter when you are the one walking
through the air, the air of your own mind.

If we discard the concept “your own”,
what is it that still remains?

How far is up, how low is down, how wide
is the world inside the dream projector?

As long as we are thinking about it, maybe
we will take that panting dog for a walk.

Here, memory and fantasy collude to create this scene
which is only happening as a kind of neural event.

The dog wags its tail in anticipation, it knows
the leash is a good sign, a hopeful signal —
no need for any abstruse philosophy.

The air is filled with a wildly compelling fragrance,
the ground is a treasure map, there’s no time like now.

Soon God is trotting along in the form of a dog.
Discard the concept “God”, and what remains?

As we are pondering that very thing, the leash
is suddenly jerked from our hand, the chase is on.

The dog has spotted a squirrel, and even if we are
transparent characters in a quantum hologram,
there is plenty of enthusiasm to go around.

The squirrel races up a tree and barks down
at the dog, the dog looks up and barks back.

Everyone’s enjoying a very fine time, regardless
of how this whole thing is dreamed up.

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About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have several other sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Free Transliterations of Spiritual Texts: http://freetransliterations1.blogspot.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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One Response to Walking

  1. Bob OHearn says:

    “Imagine two astronauts go to the moon, and while they’re there, there’s an accident and their ship can’t take them back to Earth. They have only enough oxygen for two days. There is no hope of someone coming from Earth in time to rescue them. They have only two days to live. If you were to ask them at that moment, “What is your deepest wish?” they would answer, “To be back home walking on our beautiful planet Earth.” That would be enough for them; they wouldn’t want anything else. They wouldn’t think of being the head of a large corporation, a famous celebrity, or the president of the United States. They wouldn’t want anything but to be back here—walking on Earth, enjoying every step, listening to the sounds of nature, or holding the hand of their beloved while contemplating the moon at night. We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from dying on the moon. We are on Earth now, and we need to enjoy walking on this precious, beautiful planet. Zen Master Linji said, “The miracle is not to walk on water or fire. The miracle is to walk on the earth.” I cherish that teaching. I enjoy just walking, even in busy places like airports and railway stations. Walking like that, with each step caressing our Mother Earth, we can inspire other people to do the same. We can enjoy every minute of our lives.”

    ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

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