may we rise…

hearts open with

backs strong and straight

our breath steady

awake and brave

with moral compass set

our compassion fierce

grounded in groundlessness

we do not cave

now is not the time to fold

now is the time to be wise

living by vow

may we rise

may we rise


#Rise #RiseUp #OpenHeart #MindfulResistance #EngagedBuddhism #meditation #courage #compassion #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #Zen #enso #JMWart

waking up…

A Zen Teaching…

Zen student:

“Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?”

Zen Master:

“As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.”

Zen Student:

“Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?”

Zen Master:

“To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”

life is always waking up. eventually we catch up, no matter how slow we are to rise. that’s patience, that’s persistence, that’s grace.


#PayAttention #WakeUp #gratitude #grace #life #practice #meditation #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #art #JMWart

show up…

“We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it.”

~ Lauryn Hill

not in control,

free to respond.

free to respond with an open heart and present mind.

looking around, we see a world in need of love.

so we love. in all we do, we offer love.

#NotInControl #FreeToRespond #ShowUp #OpenHeart #Love #calm #present #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart

a meditation on gratitude and interdependence…

A meditation on gratitude and interdependence.

The whole universe and all of life is in this little orange. If we take the time and allow the space to look deeply at the orange, we can see the tree where this orange grew and came to be. With deeper looking we can see the sun, the rain, the soil where the tree is rooted, all contributing to the conditions making this little orange possible. Looking deeply, we can see that this little orange is much more than a little orange. In reality, this little orange is also the sun, the rain, the soil and the tree where it grew. Without the sun, the rain, the soil and the tree, this little orange would not exist. Looking even more deeply, we can see that the soil wouldn’t be present and filled with nutrients if it weren’t for other life that had come before, if it weren’t for the worms and insects tilling the earth as they go about their way, if it weren’t for the minerals present at the forming of the earth, from stars long past gone, but still alive in these nutrients, in this soil, in this orange.

This is interdependence, that the whole universe and all of life is in this little orange, that without rest of life, this little orange wouldn’t exist. And so it is with each of us.

How can the response be anything other than gratitude?

How does this change the way we live out this life? How does this change the way we live in relationship with all of life?

Choose to love.


#interdependence #interbeing #life #universe #orange #gratitude #meditation #Buddhism #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWphotography

the light in your heart…

Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.

~ Kahlil Gibran

we look for the sun.

where is it? in the sky?

hidden behind clouds?

at night, when dark, where is it?

we don’t see it, yet we know it is still present.

so it is with our inner light, the light in our heart.

beyond the obstruction of our darkest thoughts and emotions, our inner light still shines bright.

as the flower turns to the sun, so we can turn inward to the shining light of Love within our very own hearts.


#InnerLight #contemplation #meditation #light #love #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #JMWart

a light in the dark…

“We are one star, no night can darken.”

~ Ric Wake

find your center point, open your heart to its love within and flow with life. life needs your love. people need your love. truth needs your love. those hurting and oppressed need your love. all that is suffering needs your love.

we seldom realize the power and courage we have within to be a force for love, for justice, for healing, for peace.


#OpenHeart #bodhisattvas #light #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #enso #JMWart


remembering with gratitude those and their families who have sacrificed so much.

may we value the lives of our women and men in service, in such a way, that we find peaceful ways to peace.

“Peace is every step.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell