Leave Your Desk Today
Leave your desk today.
Escape the four gray walls
of your dreary, little office of thought.
These piles of paperwork cluttering your mind
will still be here on the day you leave this world.
Will the earth stop spinning if you take a holiday?
Swing open the secret door that hides the realm within.
Step onto the sunny shore of your own private paradise.
A signpost in white sand reads, No Thinking Allowed.
Only five holy names drift on the breeze
from the ocean of peace inside.
You are here on that famous beach
where every mystic sat and smiled,
sipping the bliss of being,
from the cup of an empty mind.
Become a mystic, too.
Let your soul run into the waves.
Become the ecstasy found from losing your self
in the luminous Sound and Light of the Sea.
From your sunny beach beyond space and time
look back for a moment at the life you lived
in your dreary, little office of mind.
See the tragic torment and tangle, the world
of worry and want, all the troubles you left behind.
Realize this, dear friend:
Thought is just an office where you go to get things done.
It’s not a place to keep your soul locked up for long.
Go there only when you need to.
Then escape it soon, before you start believing,
yet again, that little room is all there is of you.
Quick! Run back to the bliss of being!
Dive into the dazzling Sea. Be the lucky one
who went off on holiday and decided to stay on and on….