shine where you are…

We say, to shine one corner of the world — that is enough. Not the whole world. Just make it clear where you are.

~Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

there’s a lot going on, in our personal lives, and in the world at large. so much suffering, but also much beauty and joy. the suffering can seem overwhelming, so many conflicts. it’s impossible to take it all on, but it is fully possible to make it clear where we are, to keep our hearts open where we are, to shine our light where we are.

~j

#shine #sun #light #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #OpenHeart #MindfulResistance #SitDownRiseUp #Zen #Buddhism #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

give me your tired and poor…

as we celebrate our love of country and our independence, may we in our love commit to healing wounds of our past, and strive tirelessly to keep tyranny at bay, living up to and embodying our highest ideals both in ourselves and as a nation.

~j

…..

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

~

Emma Lazarus

#July4th #JulyFourth #IndependenceDay #USA #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoBansNoWalls #NoMuslimBan #MindfulResistance #SitDownRiseUp #JMWart

bloom!

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

~

Sensei Ogui, Zen Shin

be you, be beautiful – bloom!

~j

#JustThis #BeYou #unique #beauty #presence #life #flower #nature #buddhanature #bodhicitta #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart

compassion, our energy and strength…

“Compassion is not just an emotion one might feel after reading something sad or heartbreaking. Our compassion is a source of energy and strength. It is the basis for our actions in the world.”

~ Tai Moses

compassion, our strength and energy.

anger cannot fuel a movement for justice and peace for very long. if left untransformed, it harms all. as the Buddha is quoted as saying, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

so we must allow our heart to soften and be uncomfortable, we must allow ourselves to really see and have a view that is vast and includes all who suffer – drawing on empathy, inspiring compassion.

then, allowing our anger to transform we can put this valuable energy into beneficial action. this is our compassion, which will fuel us for much longer and discontinue the cycle harm.

~j

#compassion #strength #energy #anger #PlantingSeeds #TheLongArc #SitDownRiseUp #MindfulResistance #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart

fierce compassion…

Compassion is a verb.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

#Meditate and #resist w/ #MindfulResistance. #SitDownAndRiseUp #PlantingSeeds for #TheLongArc.

#OpenHearts will prevail w/ #FierceCompassion.

#Bodhisattvas w/ #courage leading the way.

may it be so.

~j

#EngagedBuddhist #Zen #Enso #JMWart

our vow outlasts temporary positions of power…

shining bright in mind, allow this truth to live and grow deep within your heart:

our vow – our commitment to authenticity, to an open heart, to empathy, to fierce compassion, to love, to justice, to peace, and to each other – has the grounding to outlast any temporary positions of power.

may it be so.

~j

#Shine #RiseUp #Awaken #WakeUp #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #MindfulResistance #MeditateAndResist #SitDownRiseUp #StandUp #SpeakOut #FierceCompassion #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoBansNoWalls #NoMuslimBan #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart

just breathe…

breathe.

just breathe.

this is how we come home to ourselves, to our surroundings, to this moment, to life.

breathe.

this is how we find our grounding and center for the hard work and journey ahead.

the world needs you. your gifts, your open heart, your sanity.

~j

#breathe #JustBreathe #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #MeditateAndResist #mindfulresistance #meditation #SitDownRiseUp #OpenHeart #StandUp #SpeakOut #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart