#NationalComingOutDay

i missed posting for #NationalComingOutDay on Friday.

for so many of us, coming out is a daily occurrence. not in large ways perhaps anymore, but in subtle ways, the minutia of conversation, words and actions can carry such weight.

the journey can be short or long, but it is a journey into the heart of life and love. the road can feel so long, to realizing the innocence in one’s life, our embodiment of love, and our worthiness to be loved, and the offering and gift it is to give our love and live our love in this world.

to live one’s life authentically and openly, offering our life to the world, is a gift to the world, helping the world to expand its capacity to hold and celebrate love.

please know that you are an embodiment of love. please know that you are worthy of being loved. please know that the love you have in your heart is a love that is meant to be lived and offered to this world. this world needs your love.

~j

#ComingOut #Love #life #LGBTQIA #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

we can always choose to love…

No external condition can prevent love; no one and no thing can stop it. The awakening of love is not bound up in things being a certain way.

~ Sharon Salzberg

#UpToYou #ChooseLove #Love #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #SitDownRiseUp #OpenHeart #Zen #Buddhism #PhotoArt #photography #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

#GiveLove

“Everything terrible is something that needs our love.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

there’s a lot of “terrible” right now, but there’s also a lot of beauty, a lot of love. just respond to all of it with love, giving love. add to the love and the beauty. giving love could simply be offering a stranger a smile, listening to a friend, fostering an animal, writing letters or calling Congress, marching and striking. whatever the case, do so with love, and as an offering of love to a world in need.

~j

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #love #RainerMariaRilke #Rilke #RilkeQuotes #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga #photography #PhotoArt

#Fall has arrived 🍁🍂

happy Autumnal Equinox to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, my friends!!

my favorite season Fall has arrived! may this time of transition bring reflective and fresh awareness to the sacredness of each passing moment!

~j

😊❤️🙏🏻🍁🍂🎃

#AutumnalEquinox #FallEquinox #Autumn #Fall #seasons #transitions #life #reflection #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

#WorldPeaceDay

building peace in the world begins with building peace within our own hearts.

here are some words from Pema Chödrön in honor of yesterday’s World Peace Day – International Day of Peace:

“War and peace start in the hearts of individuals…so the solutions have to come from a change of heart, from softening what is rigid in our hearts and minds…Shantideva says something along the lines of, ‘If these long-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that wellspring only of unceasing woe, that lead to my suffering as well as the suffering of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart, how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?’…(what he is saying is) that as long as we justify our own hard-heartedness and our own self-righteousness, joy and peace will always elude us.”

*from “Practicing Peace in Times of War”

#InThisTogether #Community #Peace #WorldPeaceDay #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

#ClimateStrike

“Touch the earth, love the earth, honor the earth: her plains, valleys, hills and seas; rest your spirits in her solitary places.”

~ H. Beston

there is no shame in loving this earth, our home. there is no shame in caring for this earth, both for the life that inhabits it now and for future generations. could there be a higher priority?

we must be open to seeing the interdependence of life. our life, all life depends on it.

bravo to these kids, boldly making their statement. and bravo to all who join their call for change, for protection of and love for the earth.

~j

🌍❤️🙏🏻

#ClimateStrike #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #ClimateChange #earth #life #EngagedBuddhist #EcoSattvas #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

questions for the path…

“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

what matters? what heals suffering? what opens our hearts to others? what offers love and increases light in this world?

this is our path.

~j

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #path #practice #OpenHeart #love #light #MattieuRicardQuote #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography