spacious and free…

“We don’t have to let go, we simply have to not hold on.”

~ Joseph Goldstein

we have the capacity to have hearts and minds that are spacious and free. to live our lives in a way that is spacious and free. and in doing so, we are free from reaction. we are free to choose action rooted in love, in compassion, in generosity.


#spacious #free #OpenHeart #love #compassion #generosity #meditation #practice #EngagedBuddhist #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #enso #JMWart

wake up! love your life…

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf

it is through our life, this life, the pain and bliss, sorrow and joy of this life, that we learn how to authentically let go, stay open, and love. when we attempt to avoid our lives and all that is uncomfortable, we are in essence avoiding our opportunity in that moment to open more fully, to increase our capacity of heart and our capacity to love no matter the circumstance.

in truth there is no avoiding the pain of life. true and lasting peace comes from opening to our vulnerability, to all that life has opened to us. there we will find the grounding tenderness of our hearts and a capacity to love through it all. in that love is where we find our peace.


#peace #love #OpenHeart #vulnerability #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #enso #JMWart

my favorite inspirational #StarWars quotes…

the Force is still with me, so i’m going to share some of my favorite Force and wisdom quotes from Star Wars:

It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi

“Luminous beings are we. Not this crude matter.” ~ Yoda

“Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.” ~ Maz Kanata

“I’m one with the Force. The Force is with me.” ~ Chirrut Imwe

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” ~ Yoda

“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda

“To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not. In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are.” ~ Yoda

#StarWars #TheForce #DarkSide #LightSide #Yoda #ObiWanKenobi #MazKanata #ChirrutImwe #loss #fear #anger #hate #suffering #power #training #luminous #MeditateAndResist #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #TheResistance #JMWart

you have to get your hands dirty…

Awake in the world

What is this meditation?

Dirt beneath these nails


“A long time ago in China, a Zen student asked if any of the sages had ever fallen into hell. His teacher answered that they are the first to go there! The shocked student asked, ‘But if they are enlightened, why would they fall into hell?’ The teacher looked at the student and with a smile said, ‘If I didn’t fall into hell, how could I help you?’ Do you see what he is doing here? He completely reverses the student’s problem, saying this is not about the student’s idea of purity, but about helping and caring. That is what’s important. He’s saying that you have to get your hands dirty; you have to dig right in. Just as you are, without some special robe or degree or twenty years of meditation practice. Just as you are, you can help.”

~ Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

from “Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges”

#bodhisattva #service #generosity #compassion #wisdom #PlantingSeeds #TheLongArc #Zen #Buddhism #haiku #art #JMWart

i will not harm…

we should ask ourselves the questions:

how can i not add to the harm and suffering of the world today?

how can i add to the healing and peace of the world today?

we should contemplate this in regards to our thoughts, our words, our actions.

we should remember that aggression doesn’t defeat aggression, violence doesn’t defeat violence. only a fierce love and compassion, in harmony with nature and all that light, will have the capacity to transform darkness and the harm that arises out of it.

we should also remember that fierce love and compassion is NOT inactive, rather it persistently and tirelessly takes action to end harm and suffering for all.

we, each of us, can make the daily vow, “i will not harm.”


All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?

One who, while himself seeking happiness oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.

He, who injures living beings, is not Noble. He is called Noble, because he is gentle and kind towards all living beings.

~ Buddha from The Dhammapada

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #nonharming #nonaggression #nonviolence #FierceCompassion #love #bodhisattvas #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart

#trees 🙏🏻

alas, yesterday was Arbor Day and i missed posting about it…

i can’t overstate my love for trees. they are sacred monuments of balance, strength, flexibility, hope, wisdom, and generosity. they give us air to breathe, provide home for creatures small and large, and add great beauty to this world and life.

hug a tree, you won’t regret it.

then do what you can to protect their forest homes.


#ArborDay #trees #nature #life #breathe #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #enso #Zen #JMWart

sit and breathe…

in a culture where we are driven to accomplish and succeed, and in a time when our attention and tireless effort to resist cruelty urgently calls upon us, it can be a revolutionary act to simply sit and breathe.

the practice of generosity, the practice of open heartedness, the practice of calm and sane minds, begins with ourselves. when we are calm, we bring calm to situations and those around us. when we are generous and open hearted, we bring generosity and open heartedness to situations and those around us.

in this way, even though we strive to end cruelty and to heal suffering, we do so in a way that embodies the warmth, the light, and the love the world thirsts for and desperately needs.

sit and breathe.


#sit #breathe #meditation #practice #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart