practicing…in shade.

sitting.

listening.

breathing.

i take refuge.

surrounded by

so much life

vibrant.

beautiful.

i take refuge

in sitting

in listening

in breathing

in life

in beauty

in shade.

~j

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be the one…

take heart and take heed.

there is hope – it is found in you, it is found in me.

it is found in hearts open to empathy, in open minds, in beings tireless in their compassion and love for life.

where there is chaos, be the calm steadiness that is needed.

where there is destruction and devastation, be the healing that is needed.

where there is darkness, shine your light, in your unique and gifted way.

remember the forgotten.

stand with and for those who cannot stand on their own.

raise your voice for those without words spoken.

love those around you, stay focused, smile, and breathe.

~j

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embody calm, embody peace, just sit…

If you want a calm sea, you cannot get it by suppressing the stormy sea. You must wait for the same sea to become calm.

~

Thich Nhat Hanh

sit and be the calm you seek. set the example. allow the world to bend to harmony and peace you embody, rather than being caught up in the scrambling and chaos.

~j

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renunciation…

“…renunciation is not supposed to hurt. It’s supposed to clear away the psychological clutter in our lives that get in the way of joy…renunciation comes from understanding, not force.”

~

Gesshin Claire Greenwood

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to life!

The world will continue to change dramatically, but fighting and war can destroy us utterly. What we need now are techniques of harmony, not those of contention. The Art of Peace is required, not the Art of War.

~

Morihei Ueshiba

how do we work against the current rise of fear, anger, hatred seeded from the highest seats of power without devolving into fear, anger, and hatred ourselves?

this is the question for our time.

there is no healing through aggression, there is no life through being at war.

our motivation, our strength, the course of our path must be drawn from love and sourced from the fiercest, most steadfast compassion. the stakes couldn’t be higher.

may we offer our lives to stand with those who are marginalized and targeted, those who are “othered.” to always speak truth to power that racism and hate have no place in our society, and no home within our hearts. may we do the work in ourselves and outward into society. as above, so below. as within, so without.

when those in power attempt to drag us down with fear and aggression, we will rise even higher through love and tenderness, in harmony with life.

~j

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