by Shirley Riga

Silent meditation has become a source of comfort for me

Space to just be

Held in time like a safe boundary

Where I explore nothingness

Yet feel the richness of presence

Tingling with the essence of connection

To my higher wisdom

I am grateful

Yet annoyance gets my attention

Because my body needs the bathroom.

My stomach is growling

And I need a shower.

Welcome to the gateway

I am human

I am spirit

I am the totality of both

Gaining access to the gates of wisdom

Is a path anyone can embark on

Because all are welcome

Often the pathway is a jungle

Obstructed by strife, pain, loss and suffering

Who can believe such a place is worth the struggle

I’m remembering years ago I was immersed in suffering