Awakening isn't necessarily a bed of roses,
As it ruthlessly reveals our inner disarray.
Ego-mind's many disguises get disclosed,
No longer propping up what we usually think we are.
Whether seeing this inner poverty or sensing the Beloved's glory,
Both serve to prepare heart's flame of longing.
Whether bearing the pain of a fragmented mind or inspired by Presence,
Both are signposts on the return path to Self.