Another Day

IBR-1113189

It’s just another day,

and nothing much is happening…

A hummingbird flits among the morning glories,

as the grass grows swiftly, silently;

the clouds are soaring gracefully overhead.

Somewhere lovers, lost in bliss,

are professing their undying devotion;

the faithful are praying and the earnest are working,

and the righteous are risking life and livelihood

in the fight for liberty and justice.

Brilliant minds are writing code

and dreaming up inventions

that will make the impossible commonplace,

and poets and artists are distilling their passion and pain

into the exquisite nectar of Beauty

that somehow makes the whole human struggle worthwhile.

The tall grain is dancing in the field,

the fruit is ripening on the vine

and the sun is freely pouring out its bounty,

Nourishing, sustaining all…

Other than that, not much is happening.

It’s just another day.

Which is reason to be grateful.

Advertisements

The elephant journal and other new things…

Greetings, dear readers and friends!

I’ve been neglecting my precious little blog here, yet again. With good reason, I assure you. So this post is another one of those ‘check in and update’ types, for those of you who care, who have been reading awhile. I have a few things to share…

  1. I have been working with the good folks over at elephant journal. Check them out, if you haven’t already; they have fabulous content on everything from yoga & spirituality to green living to sex and relationships – you name it. I have been learning alot from them, and it has inspired some changes in this blog. Which brings us to number 2…
  2. I am giving “The Sacred Art of Language” an overhaul (as you may have noticed). It has had pretty much the same layout, look and feel since day one, but I think I can do better. So, new theme, new look, adding pictures and color, should be an overall improvement. Let me know what you think.
  3. I just posted my first article on the elephant, and I’d like to share it with you. You’ll love it – especially if you are a gardener, conspiracy theorist, dooms day prep-er, rebel, dissident, or all of the above… Click on the pic below, and enjoy. And, if you really REALLY like it, you’ll leave me a comment at the bottom of the article, share this on your Facebook page, that kind of stuff. Maybe even ‘Like’ the elephant’s Facebook page so you can stay informed when I post more brilliant articles in the days to come. Show some love! I appreciate it.

A Quiet Revolution. ~ Ben Neal

A Quiet Revolution. ~ Ben Neal

On a more personal note, I have a court hearing tomorrow to determine the outcome of my custody case. I’m hoping to have my son come live with me full time. So, tomorrow is one of those days which will profoundly impact nearly every area of my life for months or years to come. Stay tuned…

To all of you who have been a part of this blogging experience, I am infinitely grateful. Your likes, your comments, your feedback, your friendship, your own brilliant and inspiring writing, has made a difference in my life. Without you, I may have gone to the grave without ever having the courage to write from my soul, to put it all out there, to speak and be heard.

Thank you. I love you.

~ Ben

Thanks Everybody

I am ever so grateful for the feedback I recieve from my fellow bloggers. I appreciate every “Like,” every comment, every subscriber – and I appreciate every award nomination. I am a bit behind here – I find it difficult to keep up with all the awards that are passed around. To make things easier on myself, I will not be accepting the same award more than once.

Also, I am making my best effort to be mindful of others who have already been nominated, and those who have indicated that they do not want any more nominations – but I do want to pass on the honors!

So know that there are so many amazing bloggers out there, whose blogs are profound and inspiring, who will not be mentioned in this post. I have tried to reach out and explore, and discover some blogs new to me, and to keep the circle expanding…

Many thanks to Arjuna @ http://thewondrousdharma.com/ for being kind and generous enough to nominate The Sacred Art of Language for The Leibster Blog Award! Arjuna offers a delightful assortment of spiritual wisom from various teachers and traditions, and his blog is an unfailing source of beauty and inspiration – check it out, if you haven’t already!

In accepting this award, one is asked to pass it on to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. So here goes:

http://moizbillah.wordpress.com/

http://themadamesteaparty.wordpress.com/

http://thebeyondwithin.wordpress.com/

http://rowingthroughlife.wordpress.com/

http://conversationswithgravity.wordpress.com/

And thanks also to Lewis @ http://fragmentsofragments.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger Award! His blog has become one of my personal favorites in recent weeks, I love his insights into life, philosophy and language – and I especially appreciate the stories he shares of the life and teachings of Master Gurdjieff. Do pay him a visit, you won’t be sorry!

As per the terms of this award, I will share 7 hitherto unknown facts about myself…

1. I love Indian food, culture, religion and music (although I have never been there…)

2. I love the summer time (right now in KC it’s more than 100 degrees – and it’s awesome!)

3. I like all kinds of comedy – from the most dry and subtle intellectual kind, to downright raunchy stand-up routines, stoner movies and slapstick comedy… what can I say? Laughter is divine!

4. I also love cartoons and kid’s movies. I watch many of them with my son, and they are often far superior to the junk that they market to adults… In fact the themes and stories contain deep Cosmic Truth nearly 100% of the time.

5. I am slowly and clumsily learning Spanish, and I have dreams of one day being a bilingual poet and writer.

6. In a previous post I mentioned some of my favorite books, and I left out one that I love SO much that it deserves mention all on it’s own: Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. This has been one of the most influential books in my life, both in my spiritual journey and in finding my own voice as a poet.

7. You know how if you love cats, and everyone knows it, over the years you wind up collecting all sorts of cat pictures and knick-knacks and paraphernalia? Well, over the years I have accumulated an assortment of Buddha figurines, statues and idols… I guess my friends & family have me pretty well figured out…

Enough about me – I now pass on this nomination to these 10 lovely and deserving blogs:

http://taometoo.wordpress.com/

http://selfblossoming.wordpress.com/

http://wordienerdie.wordpress.com/

http://erranttranscendentalist.wordpress.com/

http://miloadornoworld.wordpress.com/

http://afingerpointing.org/

http://earthslang.wordpress.com/

http://tinmaddog.wordpress.com/

http://aliteraryartistsmusic.com/

http://onespaciousness.wordpress.com/

Thanks again to Arjuna @ http://thewondrousdharma.com/ for his nomination for the Thought Provoking Blog Award. The Wondrous Dharma offers some of the most thought-provoking quotes and gems of wisdom to be found anywhere. I would like to nominate the following blogs & bloggers in turn, for their consistently brilliant and thought-provoking content:

http://spiritualhypster.com/

http://julienmatei.com/

http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

http://shivahaoma.wordpress.com/

http://fragmentsofragments.wordpress.com/

And finally, thanks to Paul @ http://restinginawareness.com/ for passing along to me The Commentator’s Award! Paul is a fountain of wisdom and insight on non-duality and the true nature of life and existence, and a tireless advocate of “resting as awareness.” Check out his blog, it’s another of my personal favorites.

This award is a bit of a mystery to me… the guidelines are rather vague but it seems like a good thing to the extent that it encourages comments and sharing between us bloggers! So in that spirit, I nominate the following folks with whom I have had fruitful discussion in the comment boxes:

http://awakeningpsyche.wordpress.com/

http://bloodinkdiary.wordpress.com/

http://rowingthroughlife.wordpress.com/

http://samadhiyaisha.com/

http://fragmentsofragments.wordpress.com/

So thanks everybody for reading, and for showing your love and support. If you see any links above that are new to you, be sure to explore! Whatever you find – rants, revelations, poetry, or some other form of madness – comes with my personal guarantee to be worth reading and contemplating!

Yours in Oneness,

~ Ben

A Little While

This is one of my more recent poems, some of you might have heard it read in person at the last Soul Sharing (lucky you). I hope you enjoy!

A Little While-

I sit in the cold and dark, tired but unable to sleep;
Somewhere it’s morning, someone is rising to start the day.

I am writing by the dim light of a small lamp;
Somewhere, someone is lighting a fire
Someone with no lights, no barrier against the heat and cold
Someone preparing a meager meal for a large family…

I am alone, with just these restless thoughts to keep me company;
Somewhere, two lovers are sharing passionate kisses, lost in the throes of longing
and abandon
Somewhere, old friends are sharing a bottle
Feeling the fullness of the years they have shared together
Content with twenty dollars worth of distilled pleasure.

I am broke, but I want for nothing;
Somewhere, someone is hungry, homeless, desperate for a fix
Someone is examining his portfolio, scheming on how to make his next million
Someone is admiring his original Rembrandt.

My walls are hung with crayola portraits, drawn by my darling son;
Somewhere a woman is weeping
All she ever wanted is denied her by her barren womb.
Somewhere, someone is giving birth
Amid cries of agony, and a mixture of blood and fluid, someone is being born.

I sip from the cup of perfect health;
My limbs are young and strong, my fibers full and flowing
Somewhere, someone is suffering, someone is crippled or sick
Someone is gasping for a breath that will never come.

I look out at the vast dark sky and smile – seeing it’s starlit magic and majesty;
Somewhere, someone is hopeless, somewhere a heart is painfully breaking
Somewhere depression, somewhere grief, fear, despair…
Strange how this moment could contain such wonders, such tragic beauty
An eternity of possibilities, so soon to pass away.

In a little while, sleep will find me
And somewhere, someone else will burn the midnight oil.
The man now waking will be working
And morning will creep through the shutters of another.

In a little while, the smile will fade from my lips, the magic vanish from my skies
My heart will crack and bleed, as sorrow comes round to collect it’s due.
Lovers will betray one another, friends will exchange harsh words, move away…
The lonely will find comfort, those now weeping will laugh once more.

In a little while, the vigor will drain from my flesh
I will grow gray and weary, I will one day expire
And the rosy flush of youth will fall upon another face, in some other place…
For a little while.

So to you, dear reader, wherever you may be
(is it late? are you all alone?)
Savor this moment, be it bitter, be it sweet
For this moment is your life
And it is only yours
For a little while.

~ Ben