These flash floods tear through

and erode one’s homeland.

They wash away the topsoil and

leave in their wake

gullies, ditches and silt.


The first impulse—

divert the flow off the land,

renunciate it,

so it won’t cause so much trouble!


But then the Divine presents

a perma-love way:

use the flow to my benefit.


I dig swales, trenches and ponds,

build berms and rock dams,

directing the current toward

a higher purpose.


I plant Mexican hat, cosmos, flax,

daisies and sunflowers;

and I sow gramma grass,

fescue and hairy vetch.


Pollinating trees—

Arizona ash, buffaloberry and chokecherry—

now attract bees and birds.


No longer does the flow

rake downhill

devastating everything in its path.


Instead it meanders along the land

and mingles with the bounty,

creating whole new worlds

of beauty.



Sign up to receive blog posts by email.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

9 Responses to “Perma-love”

  1. Teddy September 18, 2018 at 7:09 am #

    Thank you Lesley, so rich with the 360 viewpoint.
    Full of hope and possibilities.
    I appreciate this viewpoint, it is my 69th bday today, and hold arms wide
    open for the next place of growth, in our Master’s love.

    Hugs to you.

  2. Rebecca September 18, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    Pure love!

  3. Stephani September 18, 2018 at 8:21 am #

    Lesley, I love this reminder about choosing a holy perspective and going with the flow, whatever the Master brings, to create unimagined beauty and miracles in our lives. Thank you!

  4. Monica Zmuda September 18, 2018 at 9:05 am #

    What a beautiful creation ,Lesley. I followed each descriptive word until it created a vision of the outcome/ solution. In that space I felt a relaxing, letting go of the worries/ concerns. You see topics to expand on everywhere. What a gift from Garji. 💓

  5. Katie Whitmarsh September 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    Beautiful! I love it. 💁‍♀️💙🙏

  6. Gina September 18, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    A great point of view 💓

  7. Chloe September 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Wonderful, thank you!

  8. Anne September 19, 2018 at 4:01 am #

    Thank you Lesley, your/Garji’s perma-love moved me to tears. Great and inspiring comment Monica!

  9. Lesley September 19, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Thank you all for you kind responses to this outflow. With all the rain in Santa Fe this summer, I became a bit distraught about all the erosion happening on my property. Once the Master showed me a higher view, I was able to relax and appreciate the abundant flow, knowing that it is all one, not good, nor bad. I saw that the secret was in how I utilized the abundance. Such a deep truth!

Leave a Reply