Photo: ‘The Beginning’ – Pixabay

If you don’t have to, try NOT to blitz the dawn… the unrushed moment can reveal the immensity of ‘zero’, and recognizing that space from which everything unfolds… like that opening when the forgotten is on the tip of the tongue… before a tumble of particulars are told… grateful for that expanse… you are the very background from which the imperative ‘me’ endlessly consolidates…

by Ken McKeon

Each morning when I wake I do
Three clockwise rotations of my head,
Then three counter, these as I sit
On the edge of my bed, I find

Doing so displays my impatience
With myself, my given lot,
With where I am morning time,
The bedroom, the steep stairs,

The front door opening to the porch
And then the few brick steps,
And all the world beyond,
Best to allow things to begin

As they can and will, best not
To force the presence of the day,
Allow everything to stretch and wake,
And everything begins with me,

I think this and know I’m kind
Of off, even before I appear
There’s this slowly blossoming
Presence of the whole, and

Even before that a deeply silent
Barest sense of openness,
No after, no drift, no fall, no rise,
And then the day begins to have its say.

About David Filippone

For more than 25 years I’ve been a 'student' of the Time, Space, Knowledge vision (TSK), not a teacher. And I write from an inquiring student's perspective neither proclaiming nor declaring. I figuratively sit in awe at the feet of a master, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. For the past 12 years, my personal TSK guide has been Jack Petranker, Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, and the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI), past dean of the "Tibetan Nyingma Institute", and author of "When It Rains Does Space Get Wet?", "Inside Knowledge", and other TSK related books and articles... I've also received TSK instruction from the late, Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Retreat Center... As a volunteer for the past several years, I've been curating the often TSK focused, CCI Facebook page at...
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