they cannot rewrite what is in our hearts…

this current Administration can attempt to rewrite history and the honored words of Emma Lazarus all they want, but it doesn’t change them or that they are not only etched at the statue but also in the hearts of all who believe in its timeless message ~j

The New Colossus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

just offer your love…

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.”

~ Najwa Zebian

all of the worlds problems, all that calls our attention, all that needs healing, can feel overwhelming.

it’s important to remember that we are not asked to solve, resolve, or heal everything.

but we can love.

we can choose to love the world and all in it, to put our love for the world and all in it into action that does bring healing, that does bring comfort and that plays a part in resolving conflict and suffering.

just offer your love.

how does offering your love to the world look for you?


#mountain #burden #life #engagement #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #zen #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

still practicing…

#repost …still practicing 😉

we eventually come to the realization that life doesn’t bend to our comfort level.

instead, it provides the opportunity to grow in our capacity to open to life as it it in this moment.


#TheLongArc #ForeverOpening #practice #OpenHeart #PlantingSeeds #life #mindfulness #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

with all there is, in all there is, choose love…

there’s a lot that is happening or that can happen in life, that may move us away from love.

here are some favorite quotes to support the path of choosing to love.


“You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation… and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.”

~ Hermann Hesse

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings. So love, love, love.”

~ Hafiz

“Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones.”

~ Mignon McLaughlin

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #love #life #practice #ChooseLove #BeautifulScars #EngagedBuddhist #zen #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

simplicity is freedom…

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

i love this quote.

the practice of renunciation is important in Buddhism and other traditions, not only as an act of sacrifice, but i’d say even more so as an act of freedom.

the more we add into our lives, the more we complicate our lives, the more we can feel trapped and bogged down. the freedom given in simplicity allows us to give more of our life and love fully to what is in front of us.

simplicity is a practice of freedom.


#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #simplicity #practice #life #JustThis #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

be luminous, as you are!

O Nobly Born, O you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. Trust it. Return to it. It is home.


The Tibetan Book of the Dead

we stop. we breathe. we rest with an open heart and calm mind free from clinging.

in that rest, that place of silence, we reconnect with life, we reconnect with our tenderness of heart. in Buddhism this is called buddha-nature. in Christianity you might say it is who we are in God. in other practices one might say it is our deepest, authentic self beyond the layers of ego and suffering.

this is our practice, over and over again, so that we may be of benefit to others, filled with love and free in our openness.

you are a unique expression of life and love in this place and at this time. what a gift! act from that place of love and life – be luminous as you are!


#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #OpenHeart #BuddhaNature #tenderness #love #life #luminosity #EngagedBuddhist #TibetanBuddhism #Zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

awakening is collective, it is communal, it is embodied love…

we are suffering from an illness, a delusion. we believe and act as if we are separate, as if we can exist solely outside the reality of interdependence.

the truth is “ubuntu” – i am because we are.

when we see ourselves as separate from others, from nature, somehow set apart from life or above rather than among other life or in union with all life, we are more apt to objectify, to dehumanize others, to devalue all aspects of life. this causes harm, this causes suffering.

we are parts of a whole and it is going to take all of us who see the harm, who choose the path of open heartedness – of compassion – of kindness – of nonviolence, engaging and participating to turn the current tide of fear, anger, hate, aggression and violence.

awakening is collective, it is communal, it is embodied love.


#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #interdependence #ubuntu #OpenHeart #community #love #awakening #OneLove #EngagedBuddhist #zen #enso #JMWart #JinpaLhaga