PALAS DE REI to ARZUA
“This is my simple religion…
There is no need for temples.
There is no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is the temple.
The philosophy is loving kindness & compassion.” ~~~Dalai Lama~~~
An Encounter with Goodness
I rang the buzzer…
The door slowly squeaked open—
There in its ‘frame’—soft gray hair, a face…a body that has lived its years AND
she smiled placing her warm hand on my chilled wet face. She ‘hung’ my soaked
rain gear and led me to the hostess—a middle aged GEM…who before she could
say “WELCOME” —THE CRONE HELD MY SHOULDERS AND GAVE ME A HUG OF
I was shown to my room. The fresh scent of sheets, a down comforter, a hot
shower—gifts from my hostess to me. Later, I made my way downstairs for a bite
THERE she was…THE CRONE—preparing supper. The sweet aroma was feast
Again, she welcomed me to sit. She was MARTHA and I felt like the young Mary.
“MARTHA” knew how to serve and she knew how to welcome the stranger. She
knew how to be still and at the same time how to ‘PREPARE’ hearts for the way.
GOODNESS was all that played in my mind…
(Today I recalled yesterday’s ‘moment’)
She was the TEACHER…the sweetest simplicity given in all she touched.
(She needed no accolades) She sat with me while I ate and when I had finished
eating the banquet prepared, she blessed my left cheek and then my right with a
An encounter with GOODNESS—
Now, I must go and BE the same.
***How fitting as I end this days’ journal entry that I come upon the words of
Mary Oliver’s WILD GEESE. My knees no longer marred with callouses…FREE***
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a
hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your
body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean
blue air, are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your IMAGINATION
calls to you like the WILD GEESE, harsh
Over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”