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Dirk
Denver, CO
Seeker of meaning and stillness.
Interests: Photography, cooking, running, fitness, reading, mindfulness, peace and purity.
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When it seems every exit is blocked, there's no way out, no escape, there is, deep within you, the passage that leads to the Holy, the Divine, to freedom and wholeness. It is a passage that opens to your essential self, the core of your existence, and to transforming love.... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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It's okay not to get it-- that doesn't mean it's not real or right-- maybe you're not ready. It's okay not to get it-- you likely get stuff that others don't. It's okay not to get it, but important to wrap one's self in humility, allowing that truth is elusive,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The 60-Second Sabbath
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A candle burns. Look, it weeps. A candle sacrifices itself to give us light, warm out night. It shrinks, slowly vanishing, gutters out, life complete. Am I this candle? Text and image © 2022 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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You live your life immersed in God, like a fish immersed in water. The fish is the water; the water is the fish. Text and image © 2022 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image merge. Have you ordered your... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Your longing Beloved is smiling at you, waiting, reaching. Step into that embrace and find yourselves dissolving into each other. Know this ecstasy. It's much simpler than we thought. It's much lovelier than we imagined. It's more real than anything we've known. It's so much more, this union. Text and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Happy is the one who quits straining after God, for God is already at hand. Happy is the one who shuts up, for then they shall hear the Divine whisper. Happy is the one who leaps from cliffs, for they shall soar and ascend. Happy is the one who opens... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Only the One exists in this world. We are expressions of that One. Every act of kindness, every offer of hope every comfort, joy, embrace, flows from the One-- the Godhead, the Source, Eternal Love-- the One. The One. Text and image © 2022 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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For the one who searches the face of the Divine there are a hundred ways to be humbled, a hundred ways to pray, a hundred ways to be transfigured, a hundred entrances to the holy of holies, a hundred secrets to be whispered. There are one hundred waiting joys! Text... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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My worn-out soul, come away, rest awhile. Sit in silence. Receive something of beauty, something holy. Look into God's eyes. Reach an arm around your heart and rest it there in tenderness. Compassion comes more easily for others; now it's your turn. My worn-out soul, you sit in the presence... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Sometimes, we are the pond, clear, serene, pensive... Sometimes, we are the stream, rambling, sparkling, chortling... Sometimes, we are the falls, roaring, scouring, shaping... Always, we are the water that flows from God. Text and image © 2022 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Note: On June 23, I made the following entry in my journal: And now it's time. Today, a moment of clarity: Why am I living like this? Enough pain. Enough limitation. I am ready. Funny how such a physical issue is also a spiritual one: Faith, trust, release, hope, acceptance,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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What did Jesus write in the dust that day of non-judgement and acceptance? "Rise," perhaps? Or "We are all one"? Maybe "Listen up" or "Wake up"? How about "Presence" or "Kindness" or "Silence" or "Compassion" or, very simply, "Be"? Or possibly "A priest, a rabbi and an imam walk into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I'm a pal of God! proclaims Rumi, echoing Jesus: You're not servants of God, you're friends-- buds, compadres, besties, chums, familiars, confidants, cronies, intimates, cohorts, sidekicks, and best of all...playmates! Yes, that's us-- that's you and God-- that's God and me-- that's you and me, too! Let's live it! Text... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Not everyone is like me. Not everyone is like me, nor should they be. My journey is uniquely mine and no one else's. My perceptions are uniquely mine and no one else's. My understanding of God is uniquely mine and no one else's. My way of relating to God is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Dickens and Ella sleep at opposite ends of the couch. I watch. Something rouses Dickens. He looks at me, eyes wide, then notices Ella. He inches his way across to her, buries his face in her chest; she wakes to groom him-- his face, his ears, his neck, his front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Why all this talk of religion? God remains God no matter what you believe. God remains God no matter how you behave. God remains God no matter what you are told. And because God remains God you are forever enfolded. Because God remains God you are forever secured. Because God... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Yes, all are available T-shirts: ---- Here I Am. What Are Your Other Two Wishes? ---- This could work with cats as well: Silence Is Golden Unless You Have Kids Then Silence Is Suspicious ---- The First Rule of the Passive Aggressive Club Is... You Know What, Never Mind, It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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once you conquer your selfish self all your darkness will change to light --Rumi I lure him into the guest room, close and lock the door I hear him whining, knocking as I walk downstairs the living room fills with light-- finally room for God! we open a bottle of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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In the middle of my bout with COVID, as I lie awake just before dawn, wishing I'd stop coughing, sweating, etc., she appears-- Sophia-- dress in purple scrubs with a stethoscope around her neck. "How's our patient doing?" she asks. "Miserably," I answer. She sigh, nods, sits on the edge... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Buddhists and Christians and Muslims Jews and Taoists and Hindus we stand together eyes upward arms outstretched voices united we await your arrival source, godhead joy of all joy, love of all love let our tears clear our vision let our sobs clear our souls we are dazzled, awestruck at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I seek the Beloved throughout the house, under the furniture, in the back of closets, in the attic, the crawlspace. "Where are you?" I call. "Why do you hide from me?" I seek the Beloved in nature, in the rumbling, churning storm, the quiet of a sun-warmed beach, beneath a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Who is this eternal presence, infusing everyone and everything I see? Who is this reckless lover, spinning grace across the cosmos? Who is this vast consciousness, dripping forgiveness and acceptance like summer rain? Who is this glittering light, shining in and from you, me? Who replaces envy, bitterness, despair, anger... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Who else could take your place in the world? Stop before the mirror. What gem is this? You are the treasure of the house. Hold your face in your hand. Pamper your heart. Praise your own soul. God is in awe. Who else could ever take your place in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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If you cut yourself loose from the rules and restrictions that cling to you like sodden strands of seaweed, what do you think will happen? If you stop pretending you're strong, self-sufficient, able to fend for yourself, and instead acknowledge your weakness, your God-intended need for others, what do you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Let us mingle your soul and mine. Let us breathe as one. Let us journey as one. Let us release as one. Let us embrace as one. Let us love as one. Let us be one. Text and image © 2022 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at The 60-Second Sabbath