REAL National Emergencies…

let’s talk about national emergencies 😑

i was honestly shocked by these numbers so i looked them up to verify. they are largely correct, if not varied slightly depending on source:

1. 1 in 7 Americans can’t afford to fill a prescription in 2018 (could have been revised this year)

2. spot on

3. 12 years is what i saw stated (still should greatly alarm us and send us into action…but…)

4. 70% is the percentage i saw quoted (still astounding)

5. it’s actually been nearly 5 years (5 years!!! and children are still drinking water with lead in it!!!) the crisis began April 25th 2014.

yet, the southern border? crime is lower in border cities. higher crime rate committed by US citizens as opposed to undocumented immigrants. drugs are mainly brought through ports of entry. high majority of undocumented immigrants are fleeing danger and poverty, seeking asylum (legal to do at any point on the border). i’ve listened to various Sheriffs along southern border throughout the last two weeks on NPR state that there is no crisis or emergency. the Administration’s own Intelligence Chiefs when testifying before Congress outlining our biggest threats, DID NOT mention that immigration at the southern border.

…but this President has declared this non-emergency, this non-crisis as a National Emergency and wants to take money from disaster relief from California (dedicated to fire and flooding) and Puerto Rico along with others.

this is what we are dealing with.

2019 Nirvana Day…

what is it to awaken?

perhaps it is nothing more than opening our hearts to life as it is in this moment, wherever we are, responding with warmth and kindness, and then letting go into the great Mystery, with love.

~j

#NirvanaDay #ParinirvanaDay #Nirvana #Awakening #WakeUp #OpenHeart #life #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #JMWArt

“Tell me friend…”

quick sketch response for when i hear that people actually still support President Trump and his agenda…

Gandalf to Saruman:

“Tell me friend, when did Saruman the wise abandon reason for madness?”

#ArtTherapy #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #LOTR #TheFellowshipOfTheRing #Gandalf #Saruman #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart

the light…

#repost

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

Maz Kanata

stop. sit. breathe. let go. allow.

(rinse and repeat)

when renewed, get back up and do generous, kind, compassionate work to benefit a world that is suffering.

~j

#StarWarsWisdom #StarWarsQuotes #MazKanata #TheForce #StarWars #LucasFilm #Disney #light #meditation #JustSit #breathe #LetGo #bodhisattvas #EngagedBuddhism #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #JMWart

breathe into life…

breathe into life…

our breathing just as it is, full or shallow, long or short, is our doorway into our life in this moment.

no need to manipulate or control the breath. just allow it to be as natural as it is in this moment and rest upon it. ride the wave.

even if it is just one breath, two or three breaths. in those moments with full attention on our breath, we give ourselves a moment of peace, of calm, of openness, of sanity, and the opportunity to see life just as it is.

have joy in your breath, have joy in this moment – you are alive!

breathe into life and cherish this moment, cherish your breath.

~j

#breathe #gratitude #life #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart