may we be free…

we need a revolution of love, an opening of our hearts to sustain an energy grounded in compassion for the journey before us. it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed and lost. this pain and suffering, if not cared for, can harm ourselves and others.

i wrote this verse a while back for myself based on the Bodhisattva Vow and Metta (lovingkindness) practice to help me cultivate an open heart, to stay in touch with the goodness and the light of Being that is always present in life.

i share it with hope that it may be of benefit to you on your path as well. 😌🙏🏻📿

~j

#openheart #compassion #bodhisattva #metta #meditation #practice #buddhism #revolution

beauty everywhere…

There is much beauty here because there is much beauty everywhere.”

~

Rainer Maria Rilke

#beauty #nature #life #OpenYourEyes #contemplation #meditation #Zen #Buddhism #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

meditation…

meditation is a practice

coming back to reality ~

here i am.

this is my breath coming in

and going out.

this is my body aching or at rest.

hearing the sounds of this moment.

taking care of oneself in this reality ~

i feel my body. i feel any tension or pain.

i hold it with tenderness and breathe into it

and breathe out of it.

i hear the confusion in my mind.

thoughts racing nowhere.

i hold this feeling with understanding

and compassion.

letting go and coming back to my breath.

i hear the lovely sounds of life around me.

i am grateful and smile.

staying open to reality ~

my heart has the capacity to hold

the entire world and all of life.

my mind, the wisdom to let go.

i stay open to the present,

trusting life and my true nature,

trusting the capacity of my heart to

stay open and grow.

and in this space of understanding

and compassion

– in this openness –

i am able to be of benefit

to others’ well being

and their end to suffering

as well as my own.

~j

#meditation #MeditationPractice #contemplation #mindfulness #zen #compassion #understanding #life #peace #breathing #service #presence #pain #tension #WellBeing #health

sunlight…

open up

bring forth your light

shine it bright

into this present

night

strip it all away

piece by piece

renew your sight

with heart open

we take flight

there is no need

to fight

~j

sunlight

#light #enso #Zen #Buddhism #JMWart

there’s always hope…

hope. there’s always hope. life always finds a way. just be still and open.

~j

#life #hope #OpenEyes #OpenHeart #OpenMind #nature #beauty #meditation #contemplation #practice #Zen #Buddhism #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

lean in…

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf

lean in.

#LeanIn #engage #JustBe #presence #HereAndNow #YourLife #ThisLife #life #practice #meditation #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart