Jan 17 2014
What waits within you?
Jan 15 2014
We don’t actually have histories.
We make up stories about ourselves
to connect our memories and discover meaning.
We can change those stories at any time.
Jan 13 2014
If you are not intensely dedicated
to a high ideal,
then comfort becomes your goal by default
and every difficulty becomes a crisis.
Jan 10 2014
Whittle yourself down
to the question at your core.
Let that empty ache
lead you to ecstasy!
Jan 08 2014
It’s not that we have to find the right place to look.
It’s that we have to find the right way to look.
Dec 20 2013
In this divine game of hide-and-seek
there is any place to hide.
Dec 06 2013
What is perfection
in such a complex universe?
It is enough
to be profoundly human.
Dec 04 2013
We can spend a lifetime
looking, traveling, and acquiring.
Or we can look in the mirror.
Dec 04 2013
Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart – Card Sales!
Wow! The interest in the Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart Card Set has been fantastic! In less than 2 days we’ve already sold out of our initial printing!
But don’t worry — if you have placed an order or want to place an order, I am working with the printer to have more cards ready as soon as possible. They should be available in one to two weeks. Since this card set is a new item, I didn’t anticipate how hugely popular it would be, and so I ordered too few cards initially. But more are coming soon!
If you are interested in receiving a set of these cards in December, place your order soon, and I will do everything I can to get them to you on time.
Several of you have asked about shipping outside the US. As of yesterday, the PayPal order form has been updated to with international shipping prices. So please feel free to order from the UK, Australia, India, Pakistan… I can’t absolutely guarantee that international deliveries will arrive before the end of the year, but I’ll do my best to make it possible.
I have received a few questions from people who would like to order but prefer not to use PayPal. You can always send a check or money order (in USD, please) to:
PO Box 2320
Boulder, CO 80306
If you mail in payment, I will do my best to get shipments out for the earliest possible delivery.
I do not yet have a merchant credit card account set up. That means I do not have the ability to process credit card numbers directly — sorry.
Thank you, everyone, for your enthusiastic response!
Dec 02 2013
I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving (if you’re in the Thanksgiving part of the world). My wife and I played tabletop games with friends. It is also Hanukkah. And the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and the New Year are all quickly coming up. May this be a blessed time of light and renewal for all!
And I have some news…
I am so pleased to announce that the Poetry Chaikhana is offering a beautiful new card set of sayings and short poems. It is a collection of several of my “thought for the day” sayings and a few short poems, with artwork Rashani Réa of Dharma Gaia Cards.
This collection of cards came together in a surprising way: During the past few months I’ve been quietly working on a Poetry Chaikhana anthology, a selection of the amazing poetry we share each week, accompanied by my commentary and spiritual ramblings. (I know I’ve been promising this anthology for some time, but it is coming together nicely and should be available next year.) In the midst of that work, a half-formed but strong spark of an idea popped into my head: do something with cards. I casually emailed Rashani Réa, an artist I know in Hawaii who does stunning, collage-like artwork imbued with a strong spiritual element, and I suggested we think of doing something together. She surprised me several days later, saying that creative inspiration had taken over and she was already immersed in the design of the cards. A few weeks later — here they are!
Rashani also waived her normal design fee to support the work of the Poetry Chaikhana. Thanks to her generosity, your purchase of these cards doubly benefits for the Poetry Chaikhana — and you get this wonderful card set!
And, if these sell well, we may put together a series of “Poetry Chaikhana Cards” — Lalla, Rumi, Basho, St. John of the Cross… Is that something you’d like? Let us know.
Here are a few examples from the card set:
the wild places
with a fierce eye
and a gentle heart.
is experienced in the heart.
The intellect, at best,
|Beloved, they want to know:
Did I reach up to You,
or did You reach out to me?
And they want to know:
How can I explain
– we pour
~ Ivan M. Granger
Purchasing these cards is a wonderful way to support the Poetry Chaikhana. They also can be given as gifts of inspiration this holiday season.
You can order through PayPal by clicking the ‘Purchase’ link above or on the Poetry Chaikhana website. Or, if you prefer, you can send a check or money order to:
PO Box 2320
Boulder, CO 80306
Please be sure to include your delivery address.
I should mention that, because these cards are a new and we don’t yet know how popular they will be, our initial printing is limited — so if you want a set right away, make sure to place your order soon. If they sell out quickly, more cards will be available after mid-December.
Have a beautiful day!
Nov 20 2013
The path of forgiveness
is the path of freedom.
Forgiveness is a rebellion
against the ego’s self-importance.
Nov 18 2013
Approach the trysting place
If you come any other way,
what’s the point?
Nov 15 2013
Don’t externalize your power.
Don’t externalize your delight.
Don’t externalize your purpose.