Come as you are

Shake off the silver dust of search,
the long march bathed in snowlight
and anticipation,
through the evermore of what life should feel like,
arms stretched for shooting stars
that have long expired.

Blow away the lucent petals of your quest
don’t even make a wish,
for I know a secret song,
a funny tune the old ones loved,
come as you are
imperfect and enough.

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©Lipstickandmiracles 2016 

In response to A Year of Painting lesson on Healing Abstracts and The Daily Post’s Challenge Quest.

Home is everywhere

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I took a thousand passionate steps,
small and quick,
breathless in my eagerness to arrive home.

The further I go, the stranger it gets
this landscape that mirrors home
everywhere.

©Lipstickandmiracles 2016 

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If we were having coffee together this weekend, you would probably sense a certain caginess about me. I probably won’t be able to hold your gaze like I normally would. I’d probably touch my hair a lot, fiddle with my lemon-patterned top and my red coffee cup. Continue reading “Home is everywhere”

Again, here and now

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Promised myself I would never peep under the ochre sheets
of those loud southern sunsets, never pick at that old dream
still smelling like stale wisterias under a blue husk.

Look where my heart has gone again,
and again and again and again
to those salty words you said in a sleepy cedar forest,
tied me forever to the seawinds, that here and now,
to you.

I’m afraid I may actually be empty
like an ashy tree hollowed out by snow
but I’ll find folds to bury this moment so I may never find it again.

©Lipstickandmiracles 2016 

In response to Discover Challenge Here and Now

Heroic elephants crossing

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She kicked a million blue pebbles
on her way to the sunset
where she believes her dreams
would hang low, kingly fruits
on Thambili trees
close enough to taste the nectar
of her buried purpose.

She picked a million misshapen shells
on her way to the Spirit river,
her toes digging in the black sand
with the weight of stars on her back,
shed the mantras and watch
blooming lotus clouds
wakening an unfamiliar sky.

She will come to you
draped from head to ankles
in fuchsia silks and pearls,
sure-footed and resolute like
heroic elephants crossing the sliver forest
weaving silent songs
and counting milk stupas.

Instead of a million steps
stay and take a million breaths,
I heard her say to the sunrise waves.

©Lipstickandmiracles 2016 

I’ve been obsessed with elephants since my trip to Sri Lanka last month. Their strength and peacefulness, dignity and fierce loyalty make me think they qualify, as much as any other Marvel character, to be my superhero ❤

 

Peddling my light for a crown of daisies

Dreaming of coffee on the beach
Dreaming of coffee on the beach

If we were having coffee, I’d have to tell you about my random thought at work on Friday that wouldn’t go away.

“If this week were a film, what would it be?”

The narrative would be lose and uneven, driving the action in no specific direction.

The main character spends most of her waking hours sitting in a windowless office at a desk in front of a large monitor. She sits in a black ergonomic chair, usually propped up by a silk chestnut cushion decorated with muted green, yellow and red origami folds. 10 hours a day she’s plotting charts to track performance, trudging through the dirty details of the next cool party, squeezing out ideas to convince everyone they need her product…

However, the tension between action and true desire would create some interest.

Deep down or high up, somewhere between her buried dreams and soaring soul, she knows her true purpose isn’t what she spends most of her waking hours polishing. That shiny corporate life. She wants to be somewhere else, in a rhyme and colour infused mess, by the sea somewhere, having coffee with you and creating things that would make her insides sing. But for now, she’s peddling her light for a crown of daisies. Continue reading “Peddling my light for a crown of daisies”

Pink lotus and wild elephants


“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
~ Martin Buber

I’m not sure when I started feeling drawn to Sri Lanka and I’ll admit that it wasn’t on my list of places to visit while I can walk. It turned out to be one of those hidden gems of a destination that gives back so much more than one imagines, especially when explored with an open mind and  grateful soul. My journey through Sri Lanka brought me to a place of intense inspiration and spiritual alignment. And if like me, you’re a child of the sea, a fan of majestic elephants, an explorer on the soul’s path, a lover of lush mountains and poetic sunsets, you would love love love Sri Lanka too.

Promise.

I  have rarely experienced so many soulful moments in one short trip as I have on this one. It’s easy to see why this magical place gave us the English word “serendipity”, which stems from the island’s ancient name Serendip – and isn’t being lucky the same as being blessed when one’s self and soul are aligned with the Universe?

There are so many spiritually nourishing places and things to do in Sri Lanka, from the grand Esala Perahera (procession) in the sacred city of Kandy to the wide array of meditation and yoga retreats. I don’t think one needs to do any of these things, though, to have a soulful experience here. I was moved just by the simplest things.

Here are my top 5 soul-stirring Sri Lanka moments:

  1. Watching the procession of women, men and children gently place fragrant lotus offerings at the feet of ancient Buddha statues at the Gal Vihara (rock monastery). It’s said that the standing image has a sorrowful expression and an unusual para dukkha dukkhitha mudra or “sorrow for the sorrow of others”. These magnificent, larger than life statues have been receiving human woes and wishes for over 830 years. In the same area, there are many amazing artifacts to ponder, like the headless Buddha statue at the Lankatilaka Image House that took my breath away.

2. Coming up close and personal with wild elephants at the Minneriya National Park near Polonnaruwa. The park is located on an elephant corridor and since I was there in August, I got to witness the gathering of hundreds of elephants, probably the largest meeting of Asian elephants in the world. I was enthralled by them. There was something peaceful, almost meditative about watching them under that crisp blue sky. The elephants would twist and pull at the grass with their trunks until they get a hearty bunch, thump it on the ground to remove the soil then lift it to their mouths and chew. Repeat. Continue reading “Pink lotus and wild elephants”