Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Breathe in the Starlight
from another world
the Milky Way
Take time to ponder the starlight of the Milky Way and see the galaxy in your own mind. This is where your creative spirit pulses for all the possibilities that you can dream, all the ideas that you can do, that await among the vastness of the stars reflected in your mind.
The following is an excerpt from “Haiku Mind” by Patricia Donegan
Haiku mind is the awareness to tune into the vastness of the moment. Actually to create and appreciate this tiny form of poetry, one needs a vast mind like the sky. This is known in Tebetan Buddhism as dzogchen: that our natural state of mind is vast and clear as the sky. When we can pause and relax in the moment, that is our haiku mind: the awakened, openhearted awareness that we can always tap into. Every good haiku captures such a moment and is a reflection of our haiku mind. Here haiku mind includes both mind and heart in a non-dualistic whole, as in the Chinese character for “mind-heart” where there is no separation. And when we are present, we can then see and appreciate the juicy pear or orange on the sunlit windowsill before we pick it up to eat it.
Perhaps there should be sacred pilgrimages to planetary spots like “Milky Way Center Retreats” where we could see the Milky Way in its entire vividness, from some island or mountaintop where the lights of civilization cannot reach. Then like the poet of this haiku we could gaze up at the luminosity, knowing ours is but one of billions of stars in billions of galaxies, among billions of beings... and we could breathe in the starlight, knowing that “the stars are in our bones.”