i sit so that i may stand…

i sit

so that

i may stand

i breathe in

with love

allowing

all that i feel

all that is around me

into my heart

i breathe out

with love

allowing all that i hold

all that i carry

to sink

into the earth

in her generosity

i am emptied

in her generosity

i am free

to rise up

to love

i touch the earth

she bears witness

to love

to life

to all.

~j

#meditation #OpenHeart #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #SitDownRiseUp #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #JinpaLhaga #JMWpoetry #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

we are life…

“We are life, and life is far vaster than this body, this concept, this mind.”

~

Thich Nhat Hanh

we human beings are great at labeling things and in some sense it is beneficial to do so, to have a common way of communicating about a situation, a feeling, a person, an object. naming things can also imbue them with a sense of power, with life.

however, an unfortunate problem arises out of this. once we name something, or label a situation or a person, all of a sudden we think we know all there is to know about it. story done, the end. signed, sealed, delivered – it’s ours! in some sense, we do take ownership or possession of things, situations, and people once we name or label them and we think – yes, this is the truth!

but it isn’t, at least not completely. in thinking we know all there is about something, a situation, an object, or a person we are no longer allowing things, situations, objects, and people to be fully what they are or ourselves the opportunity to learn and grow.

it is important to keep a sense of mystery, of humility, of open-heartedness toward all of life.

~j

#Tao #Life #TheForce #Zen #EngagedBuddhist #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #Enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

#NationalComingOutDay

i missed posting for #NationalComingOutDay on Friday.

for so many of us, coming out is a daily occurrence. not in large ways perhaps anymore, but in subtle ways, the minutia of conversation, words and actions can carry such weight.

the journey can be short or long, but it is a journey into the heart of life and love. the road can feel so long, to realizing the innocence in one’s life, our embodiment of love, and our worthiness to be loved, and the offering and gift it is to give our love and live our love in this world.

to live one’s life authentically and openly, offering our life to the world, is a gift to the world, helping the world to expand its capacity to hold and celebrate love.

please know that you are an embodiment of love. please know that you are worthy of being loved. please know that the love you have in your heart is a love that is meant to be lived and offered to this world. this world needs your love.

~j

#ComingOut #Love #life #LGBTQIA #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

we can always choose to love…

No external condition can prevent love; no one and no thing can stop it. The awakening of love is not bound up in things being a certain way.

~ Sharon Salzberg

#UpToYou #ChooseLove #Love #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #SitDownRiseUp #OpenHeart #Zen #Buddhism #PhotoArt #photography #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

#GiveLove

“Everything terrible is something that needs our love.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

there’s a lot of “terrible” right now, but there’s also a lot of beauty, a lot of love. just respond to all of it with love, giving love. add to the love and the beauty. giving love could simply be offering a stranger a smile, listening to a friend, fostering an animal, writing letters or calling Congress, marching and striking. whatever the case, do so with love, and as an offering of love to a world in need.

~j

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #love #RainerMariaRilke #Rilke #RilkeQuotes #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga #photography #PhotoArt

#Fall has arrived 🍁🍂

happy Autumnal Equinox to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, my friends!!

my favorite season Fall has arrived! may this time of transition bring reflective and fresh awareness to the sacredness of each passing moment!

~j

😊❤️🙏🏻🍁🍂🎃

#AutumnalEquinox #FallEquinox #Autumn #Fall #seasons #transitions #life #reflection #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga