Pablo Neruda Thursday: “Between the Shadow and the Soul”

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

—Pablo Neruda, from “XVII,” 100 Love Sonnets

Walt Whitman Wednesday: “Sometimes With One I Love”

Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear I effuse unreturn’d love,
But now I think there is no unreturn’d love, the pay is certain one way or another,
(I loved a certain person ardently and my love was not return’d,
Yet out of that I have written these songs.

—Walt Whitman, “Sometimes With One I Love,” Leaves of Grass

Eckhart Tolle Tuesday: “Causes of Negativity”

All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

—Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Spirituality Sunday: “The Spiritual Master”

The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn’t think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.

Tao Te Ching, “50,” trans. by Stephen Mitchell