The Light Within Us feat. COVID-19

Even in the Spring as the birds sing

and more sunlight floods through the air that we breathe in,

there is a light within that has gone a bit dim.

The Smiths may sing to you about it never going out,

but, lately my doubt and loneliness is like a cloud

that shrouds the wick of our souls as we’re all locked in the house.

Social, loving beings we are,

that’s why the word ‘namaste’ has made it so far,

but as I miss those who I love, I remember their light

and hope that mine shines through to them, and we still make each other bright. -RSM

Happiness is Practiced, Not Pursued.

Tranquility is not a place on a map,

Not a thing you can only achieve with a trendy new app,

or a 6 month deal, half off on the media

that you read, hear, or watch to establish mindful criteria.

I’m writing this as a PSA to myself,

so for you, my way might not be the best way,

But I prefer to close my eyes at any time or breathe deeply

instead of pointing at my calendar, looking forward to my ‘best day.’

Destination addiction is the baseline of the rat race,

the ‘pursuit of happiness’ is a road to nowhere but an exhausted, sad place.

Happiness is a state of mind. You can’t search for, dig up, and literally ‘find peace,’

rather, find some time to unwind,

just a few seconds to reset your second-guessings,

Devote some time to breathe, and watch your fears melt, anxieties evaporate, wash away your stresses.

The outer battle goes on, and even if you didn’t ‘get it all done,’

when peace of mind is the mentality you practice,

No matter the battle, the war is already won. – RSM