Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

January 9, 2020

My guru is a little jewish woman

with bright lipstick

and sparkling earrings.

We meditate in her beautiful home

with the soles of our feet touching a soft fluffy rug

and a backyard view that can take your breath away.

And when I think of her at random times, I laugh out loud

because she is hysterical 

and kind

and a bit of hard ass

and a fan of the carnivore diet.

Ram Dass says “when you know how to listen everyone is the guru.”

The problem is, I often can’t listen because I am being annoyed, or judgy of others or short sided or a combination of all these factors.

I try not to criticize myself as I realize I needed my guru to come wrapped in familiarity, laugher and red lipstick, in order for me to listen.

About a year ago I went looking for a “teacher”.  Someone to show me th...

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