Poem: A Life: Selflessly Living in the Knowledge of True Being  and Authentic Belonging Together 

The human who lives solely within their desires
seeking comfort and privilege as their treasure
never questioning the lies of ‘authorities’
so much like their own desires
unmoved by the suffering of others
will never know selflessly living in the  knowledge of true being
and authentic belonging

Living in the knowledge of true being and authentic belonging
one’s motivation for life is different
intentionally and purposefully living with the understanding
that all aspects of life live within, including the fate of all beings,
thus willing to take on worldly suffering
postponing their own personal peace and happiness
regardless of the consequences and hardships to themselves

Such beings; bodhisattvas, saints, prophets, mystics, empaths
are ordinary beings, like you and me, consciously opening to life beyond
the small, personal, self of the ego and its’ longings
to the life of higher, interpersonal, being together
in authentic community of diverse belonging that leads one
to pray,  may I know enough suffering
to awaken my courage for compassion and healing of all beings

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019