no need to move mountains…

we may come to our meditation practice with the intention to move mountains, but something else happens. something more subtle, not so dramatic, but nevertheless miraculous.

we begin to see that the mountains are just mountains. not something to overcome. just as the valleys, the rivers, and the oceans are also not something to overcome or conquer. the mountains are the path. the valleys are the path. the rivers and oceans are the path. and we have a capacity to allow them to be just that, mountains, valleys, rivers and oceans. we begin to see all as part of the path.

they are our teachers and friends in disguise. teaching us how to open our hearts, how to be present with our minds, how to be patient with time, how to be persistent and courageous in our compassion, and how to let go into the flow and balance of life.

~j

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Jedi enso…

“Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.”

~

Maz Kanata

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you are here…

we eventually come to the realization that life doesn’t bend to our comfort level.

instead, it provides the opportunity to grow in our capacity to open to life as it it in this moment.

~j

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out of the mud…

I have recently been wearing the pin pictured in this post. It is a lotus mandala with tiny hearts in it.

This pin reminds me of the phrase given by Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh), in his calligraphy, and in his book by the same name. The phrase is: No Mud, No Lotus.

The lotus flower is considered quite beautiful by many, but has its beginnings in the grimy, smelly, muddy bottom depths of ponds. The lotus flower is also considered sacred, a symbol of enlightenment. Our enlightenment, or awakening is birthed and motivated out of our suffering and our desire to be free from and end suffering.

For all of us, there is a lot going on in life – globally, in our careers, in our families. There are times when we feel like we are down in the muck and muddy floor of life. It is helpful to remember and such times, that out of such times can come great transformation and beauty. It is beneficial for us to remember the paradox that without some pain and suffering, we wouldn’t know what joy and peace are.

I find the phrase “No Mud, No Lotus” really beneficial in my life right now, calling me to the reality that we can’t have one without the other. As Thay says in his book, “If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus.”

But it is also a salve in these times, a healing reminder that out of suffering and what we perceive as the ugliness of life, can come great beauty and healing transformation.

I think life is calling us right now to nurture the elements and conditions that support the blossoming of the lotus from the mud in our lives, on a personal and global scale.

No Mud, No Lotus.

~j

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the sun always shines…

Here in our shadows

Loving all that is broken

The Sun always shines

~ j

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