Risking Everything

by bryan maynard


Poetry is a kind word made flesh experience for me. Below are two poems that describe the life that can be found after you lose your (first) life of the ego. It was Jesus who said, “Lose your life and you will find it.” Here are two descriptions of what it means to lose one’s life only to find it again, fuller and richer than ever.

Here in this body are the sacred rivers;

here are the sun and moon,

as well as all the pilgrimage places.

I have not encountered another temple

as blissful as my own body

–Tantric Song

Trust the energy that

Courses through you. Trust

Then take surrender even deeper. Be the energy.

Don’t push anything away. Follow each

Sensation back to its source

In vastness and pure presence.

–Danna Faulds (quoted in Tara Brach, True Refuge…, p. 77)