a drop of water in the ocean…

We may sometimes feel that we can’t do much as individuals, but humanity is made up of individuals; we can make a difference. As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.

~

HH The 14th Dalai Lama

we are, each of us, like a drop of water that makes up the ocean. so it is, that each of us have a role to play in embodying the peace, the compassion, the openness and the commitment needed for the creation of an awakened society free from suffering.

~j

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Irish blessing…

May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

May the rains fall softly upon your fields…

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#NewZealandMosqueAttack

fifty one lives lost

Life itself is in mourning

the result of hate

~j

to my Muslim brothers and sisters, i hold you in my heart with love. As-salāmu ʿalaykum.

today i grieve with you. tomorrow i recommit to planting seeds of love and peace, building a world where our children need not fear.

#NewZealandMosqueAttack

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be free, be you…

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

~

Nelson Mandela

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if not now, when?

“So you need to consider, in the deepest part of yourself, what really counts in this life and use the time left to you to live in the most fruitful way possible – for your own sake and for others.”

~

Matthieu Ricard

“Let me respectfully remind you,

Life and death are of supreme importance.

Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.

Each of us should strive to awaken. . .

. . . awaken,

Take heed. Do not squander your life.”

~

Zen Evening Gatha

there is an urgency to our practice – to wake up to our life in this moment and be beneficial for ourselves and others before we depart. knowing life is short and we have this immense opportunity, this gift of cherished life and time to shine light, to act with compassion, and offer our life in love.

~j

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