planting Seeds…

When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.

~

Thubten Chodron

#PlantingSeeds #TheLongArc #goodness #kindness #patience #cultivation #wisdom #DoGood #LetGo #Zen #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

a weed doesn’t call itself a weed…

what would happen if we were to look at ourselves with naked eyes? with eyes anew and fresh?

what would we see if we stripped the inner critic of their weapons of war? their eroding judgements looming large?

what would happen if we were to befriend this body with its hills and valleys, wounds and scars?

outside of the projections, stories and myth, this incarnation, this body where space and time have met to dance has only one name: beauty.

a weed doesn’t call itself a weed.

~j

#beauty #life #SeeYourself #TrueSeeing #nonjudgement #kindness #compassion #sacred #PlantingSeeds #OpenHeart #TheLongArc #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

unfold…

“I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere. Because where I am folded, there, I am a lie.”

~

Rainer Maria Rilke

this quote very well may sum up enlightenment or waking up, for me – to live authentically, to be in authentic relationship with the arising and passing life around us, to not fold up or close up in fear or anger, but to remain open – both heart and mind – courageously loving all that is suffering.

~j

#life #enlightenment #WakeUp #samsara #suffering #OpenHeart #courage #StayOpen #authenticity #LoveWins #PlantingSeeds #TheLongArc #practice #meditation #zen #buddhsim #Buddha #JMWart

stay with it…

we run

we hide

we ignore

there is another option

though it is hot, stay

what is old shall fall away

you are born from love

~j

#stay #StayPresent #StayWoke #presence #MeditateAndResist #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #meditation #love #LoveWins #haiku #poetry #JMWpoetry

#MarchForOurLives

change is possible.

we can choose peace. we can choose to live in a society that creates a culture of nonviolence and values life more than a weapon of war. a society and culture that sees the life of others as more valuable and sacred than a hobby or some far stretched interpretation of the Second Amendment, that impedes on and jeopardizes another’s’ life.

what we saw today were seeds, some planted long ago in blood and grief and some all too recent, being born to life.

i’m inspired by the strength i see from these young people, their focus and poise, their authenticity, their courage, their persistence.

grateful for them and all of the students i saw today marching, the teachers, the artists, the veterans who see a continued call to serve – still honoring their oath to protect and see sensible and desperately needed gun reform as part of that, lending their voice.

pictures (some me by me and some by my friends at the march today) of beautiful friends with incredible hearts and beautiful strangers with incredible hearts below ✊🏻😌❤️🙏🏻📿

#MarchForOurLivesSD #MarchForOurLives #ENOUGH #NeverAgain #EndGunViolence #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #EngagedBuddhism #MindfulResistanc