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carry the Lamp of Love…

Originally posted on The Metta Garden:

candle light
slowly and steadily, with an open and steadfast heart,
carry the Lamp of Love.
even while chaos storms around you,
ground yourself in your breath – your true home.
touch nature. be still and listen.
then in your peace, your kindness, and your compassion
you will shine bright as a beacon.
and the world will wonder why it ever chose
to do anything other than
love love love.
~ j

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Still Life…


…revisiting. with each new moment, everything is anew and met again, and again.

Originally posted on The Metta Garden:

Still Life

“Life is precious and fleeting. Pay attention.”
~ Seido Ray Ronei

“Still Life”

this moment to breathe
when all soon will fade away
feel the sun and wind

this moment to love
when all soon will fade away
keep open, in haste

this moment to live
when all soon will fade away
death, there is no end

moment by moment
this moment is all there is
do not, do not waste!

 ~ j

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support networks…


after participating in the second year of a fundraising event this past weekend, grown out of the desire to help a friend last year in his battle with cancer, i was reminded of the importance of friendship along this journey – the importance of community, or Sangha. here is a blog i wrote nearly two years ago on the subject in participation with some other blogging friends for what we called at that time – Solidarity Thursdays. peace ~j

Originally posted on The Metta Garden:

Solidarity Thursday
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Today’s Solidarity Thursday blogging topic is “support networks”…which like most things for me, I see through a particularly spiritual lens. This is not to say that this lens is sans practicality. From my perspective spirituality is best when it is practical. It is not just sitting on a cushion or attending Sunday services. Spirituality IS feeding the poor, visiting the prisoner, working for peace, opening our door to our neighbor, and greeting the person working behind the counter with a smile and an open heart. It doesn’t seem to matter much if we can answer the big questions like – Why am I here? Is there life after death? Is there a God?” – if we are unable to feed the hungry next door, or properly take care of the earth, or even find peace in this moment. Perhaps they all go hand in…

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