I am, because we are…

Interdependence is a cornerstone of Buddhism.  The idea that “I” only exist, because of the dependent co-arising of the elements that make “me” exist.  My human body has about 30 trillion human cells in it and about 40 trillion non-human microbes in it.  I am more “not” human, than human!  These cells and microbes aren’t “me.”  However, I wouldn’t be “me” if they didn’t exist and make up this body that I have identified as “me.”

Likewise, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my parents, or their parents, or their parents’ parents, on back.  I wouldn’t have my current employment if it wasn’t for the person who hired me, or if the person that hired them hadn’t hired them.  My food that I generally do not take enough time to appreciate would not sit before me, if it weren’t for the grocery store, the farmers, or the sun and the rain.  So, my health and welfare are in many ways contingent on elements and people outside myself, that I depend on.

Beyond these every day situational examples of interdependence, there are the very foundational elements of who we are – elements!  As Neil deGrasse Tyson has been often quoted as saying, we are related to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the Universe atomically.  We simply share more in common with who we are on a fundamental level, than not.

One doesn’t have to be a Buddhist or a scientist to see this as true.  A Muslim, a Jew, or a Christian can draw the same conclusion based on their belief that all life has come forth from God (or Yahweh, or Allah).  If my life has come forth from God and your life has come forth from God – then are we not basically the same at our core, the source of our lives coming from the Source of all life?

In this perspective it seems insane if not just ridiculous to fabricate more ways to divide us from others.  But the fabrication of division, through manipulation, drawing upon peoples’ fears, anger, and ignorance is what we are currently resisting in the form of bans and walls.

We are resisting such ideology, because it is harmful.  We are also resisting such ideology, because it is simply not true.  It is not authentic to the reality of life.  The reality that all of our lives are interdependent.  The reality that I am, because we are.

~j
02.20.17

 

a worthy experiment…

most of us live from one reaction to another reaction, ping ponging through life. what would happen if we simply just stop, if we allow ourselves the space to be still, if we just sit and breathe?  we may just find that it is a worthy experiment.

~j
*phrase in artwork inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh.

you are already enough, just sit…

“The essence of Buddhist practice is not so much an effort at changing your thoughts or your behavior so that you can become a better person, but in realizing that no matter what you might think about the circumstances that define your life, you’re already good, whole, and complete. It’s about recognizing the inherent potential of your mind. 
In other words, Buddhism is not so much concerned with getting well as with recognizing that you are, right here, right now, as whole, as good, as essentially well as you could ever hope to be.”
~

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

our power…

our power is love. inexhaustible. found in our open hearts. vulnerable, tender, brave, and strong beyond measure.no one can take this away. it is the weapon of the oppressed, that eventually defeats the oppressor, who in ignorance underestimates its power. it is the long arc. ~j

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our love…

sometimes

it is just enough to know

you have the capacity to love,

to be moved by someone,

to feel.
even that can be a window

to the deeper love,

the love that carries us all.
may you know

you are worthy of such love

and that your love

is a gift to this world.
you wouldn’t be here

if it wasn’t.
~j

(originally posted 02.14.15)
may our love include everyone ~j
#ValentinesDay #love #OpenHeart #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #LoveWins