Dark Desert Grassland — Computer Painting by kenne
I am a desert trail
through dark grasslands
but not lonely
I separate the grass
a sandy channel
for mountain rains
the desert soul
to be wash away.
Humphreys Peak In Northern Arizona– Computer Painting by kenne
Find high ground
in northern Arizona,
panning the horizon
in a 360 degree view,
you will always see
her presence —
the peak above
the San Francisco Peaks.
Sunset By The Wash — Computer Painting by kenne
Thou that hast giv’n so much to me,
Give the thing more, a gratefull heart;
See how Thy beggar works in Thee
He makes thy gifts occasion more
And says, if he in this be crost,
All Thou hast given him heretofore
— George Herbert
Female Phainopepla — Computer Painting by kenne
The cool wind blew in my face
and all at once I felt as if I had
shed dullness from myself.
Before me lay a long gray line
with a black mark down the center.
The birds were singing.
It was spring.
— Burl Ives
“Man In Boat” — Computer Painting by kenne
For Whom The Bell Tolls
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
— John Donne
Western Bluebird — Computer Painting by kenne
When you find yourself
out on a limb alone
it’s best to be a bird.
Self Portrait — Computer Painting by kenne
In his book, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics, Richard Rohr writes about third-eye seeing, which allows for a co-equal footing of the first eye (the physical sense of sight) and the second eye (the eye of thinking, reasoning and reflecting). The Mystics build upon the first two eyes by affirming their fundamental connection in such a way to avoid the simplistic symmetry of dualities. The resulting connection is what Rohr calls, “presence.”
“It is experienced as a moment of deep inner connection,
and it always pulls you, intensely satisfied,
into the naked and undefended now,
which can involve both profound joy
and profound sadness at the very same time,” Rohr writes.
By abandoning all false dichotomies, the captured moment can be viewed in the presence, which I have referred to as “the now” in earlier postings. The further we travel inward the more everything appears to merge into an inexpressible, but nevertheless real, sense of oneness with the world around us.