Shalom…

The events unfolding this past week, culminating in the horrific tragedy at Tree Of Life Synagogue have been so dark.

What to do with this energy?

As a Buddhist, I meditate and pray.

As an artist, I create art.

As both, I try to take action and serve, to offer healing.

In meditation, this image came to me – the Star of David, the candle, the word shalom.

I offer it to you.

And I ask that you join me in donating to HIAS to contribute to their good work and to what is light and good in this world.

May all be free from suffering.

~j

#Shalom #TreeOfLifeSynagogue #Peace #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #SitDownRiseUp #EngagedBuddhist #Calligraphy #Zen #JMWart #HIAS

hope will not be extinguished…

yesterday was the 132nd birthday of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty’s torch still burns bright, even as those in power who embrace fear and exclusion try as they might to extinguish her light. they fail to see that she stands proudly for hope and hope cannot be extinguished. it lives in the hearts of the oppressed and those who know better, who love, who align with life.

in honor of her and the hope she symbolizes, i’m reposting a piece of my art and the timeless Emma Lazarus poem.

~j

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!”

~

Emma Lazarus

#StatueOfLiberty #LadyLiberty #Hope #Light #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoBansNoWalls #MindfulResistance #SitDownRiseUp #JMWa

when facing dark times…

many have faced dark times, many have faced times darker.

we draw upon the spirit of their strength and the strength within our own hearts to bring light, truth, and love to such times as this.

may we heed the call and serve with open hearts, steady resolve, and focused minds finding our grounding, our balance in the underlying goodness that is always present, planting seeds for the long arc.

may all be free from suffering.

~j

#VOTE #PlantingSeeds #TheLongArc #OpenHearts #Bodhisattvas #EngagedBuddhist #TheTalmud #JMWar

the truth about aggression…

“The truth about aggression…If you’re aggressive in your dealings, that’s how you’ll be regarded in the world. You might smile and give generously, but if you frequently explode in anger, people never feel comfortable in your presence and you’ll never have peace of mind.”

~ Pema Chödrön

anger may give the impulse, but it burns fast and hot, affecting every cell in your body – weakening, aging.

rather ~ be inspired by Love, motivated by Compassion and Engaged with Community.

~ j

#aggression #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #love #compassion #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart

#SitDownRiseUp

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

~ Desmond Tutu

#SitDownRiseUp #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #MindfulResistance #Buddhism #Zen #calligraphy #enso #JMWart

I #BelieveSurvivors

I #BelieveSurvivors.

thank you for your courage. whether it is coming forward or simply attending each day, seeing the beauty that does exist in life, or still willing to seek out such beauty. thank you for shining a light through the darkness of abuse of power whether it be through dominance and oppression, bullying, or sexual aggression and violence, in its many forms both obvious and subtle.

I hear you, I stand with you.

~j

09.24.18

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #light #shine #JMWphotograp