A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
~ Jessamyn West
part of what i’ve found so moving about the Buddhist path, is the emphasis on love which is manifest in non-harming, in reducing and ending suffering. we see an emphasis on ethics in the Precepts and an emphasis on cultivating the heart along with the mind, a union from which wisdom can arise.
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it feels particularly applicable to this time with the cacophony of lies, hateful rhetoric, aggression and violent acts, all toxically elevated on social media. like a hungry ghost, unable to be satiated.
amid such noise how can we hear light’s call?
we can return to our practice. we can allow for stopping. we can allow for dropping the story and simply return to this present moment, return to our breath, the sensation of it, the ebb and flow of it within the body. we quiet down as we slow down and breathe.
in such space it is much easier to be aware of all the life and light around us, which is always speaking.
the talk of love and its power, it may very well be this vulnerable, raw, warmth in the heart, subtle, intimate and connective, that we call tenderness, that changes the world. person to person. conversation by conversation. one interaction at a time.
holding the victims and their families/friends of the Club Q shooting in my heart and practice with love.
to my LGBTQIA family – with gratitude for you, remember we are luminous expressions of life and love just as any other person is. we will continue to live and love, shining our light, teaching and expanding the capacity of the world to love.
to our allies – with gratitude for you, we need your solidarity, your voice, your love.
to others – i urge you to reject those who embrace bigoted, divisive, aggressive rhetoric targeting the queer community, expecially our trans brothers and sisters, whether in your church, your political party, or community. we are your neighbor.
a reminder – we do not have to fully understand another person’s lived experience in order to practice empathy, kindness, and compassion. embody love. rise above ignorance, fear and hate.
love isn’t some timid, saccharine thing. it’s the force of life itself. to be light, to be healing, to be generosity, to be nonaggression, to be kindness and compassion, is to be love and do the work of love in this life.
“Putting down all barriers, let your mind be full of love. Let it pervade all the quarters of the world so that the whole wide world, above, below, and around, is pervaded with love. Let it be sublime and beyond measure so that it abounds everywhere.” ~ Dīgha Nikāya