the very essence of life…

“I’ve begun to see that love, like the breath, is the very essence of life. It is the life force that connects us; despite its many forms and expressions, it is just one frequency running through us all…”

~ Kaitlin Quistgaard

the truth seen by mystics of every spiritual tradition. beneath it all is vast, spacious, luminous love. 

love is all there is. 

such a profound, liberating message.

may open to it, may we drop all the barriers we build, and abide in it through this moment, all moments, and beyond.

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#love #life #HereAndBeyond #mysticism #mystics #OpenHeart #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #art

baby steps…

we have to begin somewhere.
baby steps ⭕️♥️🙏🏻

Posted @withregram • @jtenzinpalmo

When you want to climb Everest, you start on small little hills first. Right? You learn how to climb. And as you learn how to climb, gradually, you start to approach higher, more challenging mountains. You don’t start with Everest number one. Right?

So, if you have learned how to deal with small difficult emotions which come up, that gives us confidence and gradually we learn how to deal with the more difficult powerful ones. The mind has to be trained. The whole of Buddhist practice is about training. And as with any training, you start small and then you build up. And then you develop the confidence that you can actually do it.

  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

#meditation #OpenHeart #path #practice

allowing ourselves to be with our life is practice…

tears flow

laughter songs

just be.

mindfulness, open-heartedness, these are practices for how we can be with life and its full array of diverse experiences. 

rather than running or hiding from, or suppressing, or fighting off, we can approach and engage life with love, tenderness, and curiosity. it can be seen as a brave approach, but it is also a very gracious and generous approach, to allow the tears, to allow the laughter in equal measure, whatever arises with our experience, without judgment or criticism. this gives us the space to engage our life in the most beneficial way. 

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

if interested, come practice with me. Self-Care Saturdays at 10am pst. mindfulness awareness and lovingkindness meditation practice. free or by donation. $10 suggested. link: https://linktr.ee/jaysenwaller 💫

#JustBe #tears #laughter #life #OpenHeart #mindfulness #awareness #lovingkindness #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #enso #Zen #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #BuddhistArt #ContemplativeArt #art

sacred view…

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

so much beauty escapes our sight. we miss so much, but when we allow time to settle, to see, to look around with a sacred view, we see the sacred all around us. 

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#sacred #common #miraculous #beauty #love #life #wisdom #ClearSight #view #perspective #mindful #OpenHeart #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #photography #backyard

the divine within our hearts…

“I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.”~ Rumi

we travel so far and look in so many places for the love that resides right here within our own hearts. our true nature, beneath layers of ego, in a dance with Love, with the Absolute, with the Divine since beginningless time. 

what or who can harm this? what or who can touch this and not be transformed in such Light?

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#love #DivineLove #light #SufiWisdom #SufiMysticism #RumiQuotes #OpenHeart #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #BuddhistArt #art

we are, we are, we are…

i come back to these words from Sylvia Plath’s novel, “The Bell Jar” every so often.

i share them here again for all who are feeling the weight of being targeted and attacked in this moment, whose body autonomy and privacy are being stripped away, for those whose authentic existence is questioned and pushed into invisibility, for those whose embodiment of love isn’t seen as the sacrament it is, and for those whose history is being rewritten and erased.

you are worthy.

you are sacred.

you are life.

you are love.

you are here.

you ARE.

no one can take these truths away, no matter their ignorance, fear , or desperation in trying to do so.

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#life #love #equality #liberty #YouAreLife #YouAreLove #YouAreSacred #YouAreWorthy #OpenHeart #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #SylviaPlathQuotes

Happy #SanDiegoPride 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Happy PRIDE San Diego!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

you are a beautiful, unique, manifestation of life and embodiment of love!  

BE YOU!

🤍💗🤎🖤❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

may hearts open to the diversity, nuance, and colors of life and love. 

may joy and wisdom arise, celebrating the diversity, nuance, and colors of life and love.

and where and when we fall short, may we do the work to learn and grow this world into a welcoming home to all.

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#SanDiegoPride #Pride #LGBTQIA #LGBTQ+ #Queer #gay #GayMan #GayBuddhist #Buddhism #EngagedBuddhism #life #love #OpenHeart #path #practice #embodiment #celebration #diversity #Zen #enso #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #GayArt #QueerArt #LGBTQIAart #LGBTQart #art

the love that will not die…

“When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself…Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.”

~ Pema Chödrön

we can find resilience within love itself and our capacity for love and our capacity to love. when we realize that we are love itself and love simply IS, then we can have awareness that we are intrinsically connected to all other life, to life itself, to the Absolute which is both within and beyond our current circumstances and experiences, that our wounds carry within them this potentiality of love’s healing.

this engagement with our heart, with our wounds, with our experiences is not a one time journey. it is a practice we return to with patience, with care, with generosity, and grace.

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

#love #heart #OpenHeart #resilience #life #UltimateReality #AbsoluteReality #HereAndNow #GoDeep #compassion #tenderness #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #art #PemaChödrönQuotes

#988Lifeline

this is fantastic. simple, easy to remember number when in need. may it be beneficial, contributing to health and well-being, and saving lives ⭕️💙🙏🏻

Posted @withregram • @988lifeline Starting July 16th, 988 will be a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., you can easily access 24/7 emotional support.

In the meantime, please continue to share 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected with a trained, caring counselor.

We’re here for you. #988Lifeline

hope is a practice…

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.”

~ Howard Zinn

hope is a practice. hope is seeing with clarity, with an open heart, and a steady mind, and putting these into practice.

~j

⭕️♥️🙏🏻

if interested, join me for some mindfulness awareness and lovingkindness meditation this Saturday at 10am pst. session is free or by donation. $10 suggested. 

link: https://linktr.ee/jaysenwaller

#hope #mindfulness #awareness #lovingkindness #meditation #compassion #courage #kindness #path #practice #SelfCare #JinpaLhaga #JMWart