who you are, is love…

we may come to meditation practice with thoughts of attaining enlightenment, or adding some sort of special abilities. however, the practice isn’t a practice of attainment or addition. rather, the practice is a path of coming home to ourselves, of coming to know who we really are. it is an unravelling of habits and patterns, it is a practice of inviting what has been running wild, to now settle and relax, of allowing what has been closed to now open. and when we do settle and we do open, when we allow all else to drop away, what we find is that we are quite tender and kind, that at our core there is a natural connectedness and movement, a flowing of love and compassion.

let go and let love flow.~j

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love is the answer, love is the training…

“Hell is not punishment, it’s training.”
~ Suzuki Roshi

i love this quote and it also challenges me. when things are going wrong, when it feels like the world is caving in, when it is hot and heavy, i’m more likely to whine and feel bad for myself. how about you?

but is whining and feeling bad for oneself, responding with love?

in Buddhist cosmology, the remedy or response to the Hell Realm is to practice Lovingkindness. for others and for ourselves. we include ourselves in Lovingkindness practice. the practice is one of opening the heart and reorienting the mind. we can learn to hold all that is hellish with tenderness, with gentleness, with kindness, with warmth. the ground is then prepared, so that we can respond to circumstances in a way that is motivated from genuine self-care and care for others, in a way that is loving and compassionate.
i think back to my Christian upbringing, where i was taught that after his crucifixion, prior to his resurrection, Jesus descended into hell and set the captives free. how could he have done this in any other way, but love?
love is always the answer. love is the training. opening our hearts, reorienting our minds, ending harm and destruction, bringing healing to a world in need.

we won’t just need this in the times ahead, we need this now.
this is the path, this is the practice. we respond to this world, by saying:
“i am here to love.”



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Happy Hanukkah! 🕎

Happy Hanukkah to all of my dear friends who observe and celebrate!! 🕎

we can all benefit from this Festival of Lights and remembering that one light can light many. it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by darkness to forget that there is a light that shines within each of our own hearts.

if we can practice remembering that this light shines within our hearts, if we can practice keeping our hearts open to share this light, then this light has the possibility of shining to the ends of the earth and beyond, benefiting all people and the entire world.
may it be so.



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JMWart sale continues through Nov. 30th 🤗

JMWart SALE continues through the 30th!
20-60% off 🙂

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JMWart sale through 11/30 🙏🏻

hello friends!

my online Redbubble store JMWart is having a 5 days of savings SALE!

Nov 26-30

20-60% off sitewide!

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Delivers between December 3-10 w/ Standard ShippingExpress Shipping also available.

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13 Moons, 13 Thanksgivings…

Thanksgiving is a year-round practice of giving thanks…
For local Wampanoags (in what is today Plymouth, Mass.), and Indigenous people throughout North America, gathering to give thanks was already a familiar custom, taking place not just annually, but 13 times throughout the lunar, calendar year — a cycle known as the Thirteen Moons or Thirteen Thanksgivings.

“Thanksgivings are a big part of our culture. Giving thanks is how we pray,” says Kerri Helme, a Mashpee Wampanoag…

~NPR/Heard on All Things Considered



just this moment!…happy Thanksgiving 🙏🏻

A monk was traveling across a field and he encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger chasing after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed and snarled at him from above. Trembling and hanging there, the monk looked down to where, far below, a second tiger was waiting for him to fall, to eat him.

Then out of a crevice in the cliff two mice, one white and one black, appeared and little by little they started to gnaw away at the vine. The monk noticed a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. Delicious! How sweet it tasted!

~ Zen Buddhist Parable

posting Thanksgiving wishes a bit early, friends, as we are on alert that we may be without power tomorrow due to high winds and potential for fires.

may each of us appreciate the beauty and joy available in each passing moment. may this day remind us to take a pause and reflect on all we have to be grateful for.

gratitude for all of you! 



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facing fear with humor…

who else felt threatened and is looking over their shoulder this time of year?? 😂

don’t let your fear get the best of you! one way to face your fear is with humor 😉


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our work, is planting seeds…

it is easy to feel overwhelmed by life events, personally and globally. we can feel like our actions don’t mean much in the grand scale of what is happening, but we shouldn’t underestimate our influence on life around us.

“It only takes one seed to grow a forest.”
~ Matshona Dhliwayo

there’s a concept in Jewish Mysticism, mentioned in the Talmud, of the existence of no less than 36 righteous ones known as the Tzadikim Nistarim (hidden righteous ones) or Lamed Vav Tzadikim (36 righteous ones) whose existence keeps the world from destruction.

in Buddhism, we speak of planting seeds. seeds that will later flower and bear fruit, as conditions arise that support them.

so, though we may not know fully the benefit of our words and actions, when and how they will bear fruit, we continue to do the good work in front of us. knowing the world is relational and interdependent, we plant seeds of kindness, of love, of compassion and nonaggression. we practice to live in a way that is open-hearted, open-handed, and sane, rather than closed, grasping and aggressive.

we live our lives in this way now, moment to moment, knowing that the seeds of mindfulness, of compassion, of lovingkindness, and nonaggression will someday flower and bear fruit that benefits the world. regardless of tradition or no tradition, this work – this work of love, is the work of bodhisattvas.

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i have hope. light finds a way and that way can be us…

Although the wind blows terribly here, the moonlight also leaks between the roof planks of this ruined house.~Izumi Shikibu

light finds a way. there are reasons for hope. we can be those reasons when we connect with empathy and embody and act from love.



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