…i feel like the call has been ringing off the hook for the past 3 to 4 years, but now is as good a time as any…and probably even better.
please keep shining light, please keep love and justice as your compass, please act out of a fierce compassion, please use your voice for the targeted and oppressed, please connect with your relationships during this time, please engage with community, please still find some stuff funny and laugh, please take walks in nature – Life is still happening and beauty still exists.
please #VoteBlue no matter who.
we are in this. this isn’t going to be easy. history is watching. future generations will read about this era – the harm, but also the heroism.
the intention, the aspiration, the practice is to wake up – to pay attention, to bring our attention to this moment in this fleeting life.
not so we can walk around feeling enlightened, but so we aren’t sleep walking through this life while around us there is suffering.
we pay attention, we wake up to be a force of healing, of fierce compassion to the suffering we see. this is Mahayana, this is the path of Bodhisattva.
there is harm being done.
we are in a precipice.
“The Zen master Ikkyu was once asked to write a distillation of the highest wisdom. He wrote only one word: Attention. The visitor was displeased. ‘Is that all?’ So Ikkyu obliged him. Two words now. Attention. Attention.”
~ Jenny Offill, “Bit of Poetry that Stick Like Burrs”
every amendment from the House Managers asking to admit new testimony, documents, and issue of subpoenas for high level witnesses – tabled.
White House counsels blatantly lying on Senate floor (unlike Senators they aren’t under oath – so why not lie?), in contradiction with established evidence/facts with the ugliest of dramatic flair playing to their tweeting would be ruler.
it’s surreal watching our democracy fall deeper into darkness, each passing moment with this President in power, and a capitulating, enabling GOP abandon their oaths of office, our country, our democracy.
this is beyond the normal partisan politicking. for whatever reason, they are all in with this President and have wagered that hell isn’t so hot.
reminder: families are still being separated, children are still being pulled from parents’ arms and put in detainment.
as i tweet to the President and GOP quite often:
“power doesn’t last.”
may their power end very soon and may we have the integrity and honor to say we stood up, spoke up, and worked in this dark time to end harm, and bring light.
bows of gratitude for this man – a bodhisattva and prophet whose words still need to be heard and reheard and reheard…
too many amazing pieces of wisdom to share in one post. please read his work – his speeches, his autobiography (especially Letter From Birmingham Jail), his wisdom on equality, justice, peaceful (yet interruptive) protest, his embodiment of fierce compassion, his critique of war.
a true bodhisattva and prophet, a transformed heart that knew the journey to nonviolence requires the weapons of Love, Truth, and Patient Persistence. It may be a long road, but if we commit as he did, we will get there. and the way we get there is part of it.