″Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice.″
~ Pema Chödrön
non-harming is both path and practice, how we relate to and move within this world. it is a choice we can make. in Buddhism it is also a vow. it is a practice we commit to returning to time and again.
a practice of non-violence is a practice of bravery and resilience. it’s a vow and choice we make over and over again, moment to moment to see through the narrative and delusion of “othering” that divides and into the interdependent heart of ultimate reality which is Love.
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it can take immense #bravery to surrender, to #LetGo & #trust.
#path & #practice
gratitude for the wise words below 👇🏻🙏🏻
Posted @withregram • @yung_pueblo
Stress and anxiety are the children of attachment, they are both a form of craving that take us away from the present and into areas of imagination that steal away our peace.
Heaviness comes from hanging on tightly to emotions that were always meant to be ephemeral. We want things to last forever or we turn difficult moments into long lasting pain simply because we have not learned to let go. We have not learned that the beauty of living comes from the movement of change. Letting go does not mean that we forget and it does not mean that we give up, it just means that we are not letting our present happiness be determined by things that happened in the past or by things we wish to happen in the future.
The accomplishment of all great things in life take effort, especially when it comes to changing and healing ourselves. No one said it was going to be easy, if it was easy it would have been done already, but it will be absolutely worth it and the reward will be greater than the difficulty it took to get there.
Letting go takes training and dedication. Find a practice that brings you noticeable results and use it consistently. When things get tough remember that we are not building something small, we are building a palace of peace within our own hearts and it takes determination to complete something of such beauty and magnitude.
Sending love to all 🙏🏽🌎 #yungpueblo
Note: The words in the image do not apply to those with mental illness or severe forms of trauma.
a year since Thay’s passing into the Great Beyond. yet such a place is no different than the deepest depths of our own hearts , or the pristine, luminous vastness of our own mind, like the blue sky beyond the clouds.
continued deep bows of gratitude for Thay’s teaching, his embodiment of the wisdom of mindfulness, the tenderness of lovingkindness, and compassion. of engaged Buddhism.
i see his face, his wisdom, and art everyday on my walls and altar space.
may he continue to teach through his writings, the monastics, and the sangha.
a new year signifying rebirth, new birth, a fresh start – a reminder that we can always begin again and start anew. may this new year bring you much luck, good health, and happiness. may it bring you calm, peace, and relaxation amidst the comings and goings of life!
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we live in a compelling time. violence is always, or should always be, disconcerting. yet here we are with political violence on the rise and threatening the state of our representative democracy. aggressive, provocative, violent rhetoric has become commonplace among some of our more extreme politicians, with little to no accountability from their leaders or their base.
there are real world consequences, though. in New Mexico a failed GOP candidate hired shooters to shoot up the homes of Democrats. election workers and volunteers have been receiving death threats for simply doing their job. and of course there was the Jan. 6th insurrection, along with other smaller, also armed, insurrections occurring at State Capitols, leading up to and following that day. current House of Representatives members who encouraged and motivated the January 6th insurrection, still hold office or were re-elected.
one particular example i find jaw dropping is Marjorie Taylor Greene. she actively tweeted out the location of Nancy Pelosi on Jan 6th, who then was Speaker of the House and third in succession to the Presidency, while insurrectionists were calling out Pelosi’s name and calling for her death. not only is Greene still in Congress, but now sits on the Homeland Security Committee of all committees. that this is acceptable speaks to how far we’ve drifted from sanity.
so what do we do? what do we do as individuals in the face of these challenges? we begin with ourselves, our own heart, our own mind. we train with them and practice with them in a way that isn’t aggressive and promotes equanimity. we embody peace in our practice as our practice. we train to allow our thoughts and emotions without the perceived need to act out of our thoughts or emotions through our words and/or actions. we “be” the non-violence and peace we seek in and wish for the world, and then we promote and support this way of living with those around us and our leaders.
may we open our hearts, may we embody non-violence, may sanity arise. ~j
deep bows of gratitude for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this day and everyday.
there will be many quotes posted today in honor of Dr. King. they are at times beautiful, inspirational, wise, pointed and challenging seeds that can and should take root in our hearts and minds.
on this day, i strongly offer and encourage the reading of Dr. King’s autobiography to see such wisdom in the context of his larger works, longer writings, and letters. in context of history, religion, politics, and culture. in the context of the forces of truth, light and love pushing back and transforming forces of ignorance, fear, hate, and darkness we are still seeing active today.
Dr. King was/is a revolutionary of the heart and spirit, calling for a Beloved Community to arise out of the awareness of our interdependence, the ground of being which is Love, and the work of fierce compassion that excludes no one, and works tirelessly towards true equality, justice, and healing.
Dr. King didn’t just call for specific actions, he called for a way of Being Love in this world, a true prophetic message.
may his vision arise, may hearts open, may it be so.
Ever since my Mom died I’ve been holding more pain than usual. I can feel it stored up in my hips and my heart, like a squirrel setting aside nuts for the winter. But the difference is, I don’t want these reserves.
And then it struck me, last week, while forcing myself to do some Yoga I really didn’t want to be doing: maybe the Pain doesn’t want to be here either.
Instead of looking at it like an enemy, what if the Pain is just as miserable as I am? What if it wants to be somewhere else too—to become something else? Surely the Pain has a destiny if its own— and it can’t live it out when it’s stuck in my body and your heart.
What if we made an agreement, the Pain and I, to let go of each other? What if I figured out how to stop holding it hostage; just opened the door to let it go and didn’t even watch it leave? What if I turned around so it could sneak out, unseen?
Or course Pain isn’t just one thing. It can’t leave all at once. But maybe you just keep the door open, and keep your back turned, and bit by bit it trickles out.
What if letting go of the Pain wasn’t just an act of kindness towards yourself, it was a great act of generosity towards the Pain, too?
I know, I’m not the only one holding large amounts of pain these days. So if you know how to hold the door open, if you know how to liberate yourself from it, and it from you, let me know.