Saturday, February 20, 2010

Haiku



Something I should know—
Forever is always now.
No past. No Future.

—Dan Gurney

14 comments:

steven said...

dan - big font, big words, big idea. the big present moment represented well. thankyou. steven

Rebecca Johnson said...

Hi Dan, I am on a mini, mini, mini silent retreat. This simply means that the rest of my family are all away from the house for 24 hours. It is a time for me to take the opportunity to "be". The photo and the haiku are a gift for this quiet time. It echoes so beautifully Buddha's saying in your left panel. I have a few more hours and am tending them lovingly....

The Pollinatrix said...

I'm simply smiling. Thank you.

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Dan~ Very intriguing combination of haiku and vista of billions of star years: it's still now!

Sarah Lulu said...

I'm in love with the now Dan. xx

Jenny Stevning said...

Breathing. Knowing. Something I should know but sometimes forget.
Thank you!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, steven... thank you. All that bigness packed into 17 syllables. That's what I like about haiku.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Rebecca,

Silence allows grace to enter in. One thing I tend to notice when I say less is how much thinking I do. Unless I deliberately meditate to clear my mind, my mind is chattering away a lot of the time. It's harder to notice the internal mental chattering when talking. Keep with the silent retreat.

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, smiles are beautiful.

Dan Gurney said...

Margaret, I like the way you connected the image to the haiku. It is interesting to me that we see stars and galaxies as they shined years, sometimes thousands of years ago.

Any possible "past" can only be constructed in the present moment. Somehow, my understanding of this eludes my ability to use to words to say it.

But I used to think of the past as a set of "known facts" as if the past has a real reality. Some actual, substantial reality. As a history major in college, I thought I was learning about "what happened long ago" without fully appreciating how interpretive the story I was being told was.

I don't see the past that way now.

Dan Gurney said...

Sarah Lulu, I know. I think you're here, now, and at least know it when you "go back" into the past.

The now is the only place we can really ever be.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Jenny, speaking for myself, I'm amazed by how often I find myself in some anxious worry about the future or some regretful memory of the past.

It's funny! When I first drafted this haiku, the pronoun in the first line was "you" and it took me a minute to realize it really needed to be changed. This is something "I" need to know as much as anyone else.

Some part of me knows that when I'm talking about other people, I'm mostly talking about myself. This is particularly true when I'm mentally finding fault with other people.

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

At Last I am sitting down to a brand new mac ---wow---it is so soft and sweet ....

I feel very close to you at present...as I am only 2 hours away...I think....

and I can thank you for all your enjoyable posts that I have been reading on my iphone from one side of the world to the other...

this is a very important sentiment that you have snared in your haiku and one I need to focus on after a particularly stressful year of changes and moves...

I have missed you company and will now make up for the absence....

Happy days Dan

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn,

That's so nice! You're in my mental audience even when I haven't heard from you in a while.

Two hours away? In what realm... by foot? by car? by air? Are you in California?

Dan