The starting line is only the starting line

Start at the physical
progress inward and outward –
so many stop at the starting line

© Meisaan Chan

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When your best listening happens

You can best listen to your being
when you put your being down

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On self-discipline

Self-discipline is not just to strengthen the no
it is also to strengthen the yes

© Meisaan Chan

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On walking alone

When I finally did not want to walk alone
I could see all those who didn’t but did
and even more, those who didn’t but knew it not

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God and identity politics

Freedom comes when I realize that
my identity is not my identity and
God’s identity is not God’s identity

© Meisaan Chan

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When stillness returns

Troubled waters slowly calm
winds finally cease
stillness returns to itself

© Meisaan Chan

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Transcendence, anger, fear, and the open door

I am the only open door
leading to true transcendence –

Do not be fooled;
not even anger can take you there

Fear never leads to transcendence
so if you want transcendence
you must also put down fear

© Meisaan Chan

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The re-writing

Be blank
let me re-write you

© Meisaan Chan

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Middle of the night acquiescing

Wake up, whispers the Lord
begrudgingly, I do
Get out of bed, whispers the Lord
to this, I resist
until after the fifth time, I groan and acquiesce,
pull back the shades
and see the full moon stunningly waiting –

© Meisaan Chan

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The call to nothing

My lovely one, rest
Let not your heart be troubled
Dirt does nothing;
its power comes in its being,
its acceptance that it does nothing
its humility
its surrender

© Meisaan Chan

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