be a healer…

we often feel powerless.

but within our open hearts there is an overflowing wellspring of goodwill, of compassion, and of kindness – the manifestations of our true nature, which is born in love.

where there is darkness,

may we bring light.

where there is destruction, violence, and harm,

may we bring healing.

seasons change,

but our light and our love with practice can be our grounding,

even as the leaves fade and fall,

and are born again.

#seasons #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #healing #practice #meditation #MedicineBuddha #Zen #JMWphotography

blue enso…

first enso of 2019.

an enso circle to remind us to include all within our circle of compassion and kindness, leaving nothing or no one out. there are plenty willing to name another as β€œother” and exclude, building walls at borders and around hearts. may we break down these walls and borders first around our hearts, building bridges of inclusivity and peace.

blue for healing, in a world and moment where and when there seems to be so much that is destructive – in words, in posts and tweets, in actions – may our words and our actions bring healing. there are plenty who are willing to go to war over every disagreement. how many willing to bring healing?

may we know we belong. may we know we are valuable and loved. and may we bring the healing the world needs.

Happy 2019, dear friends!!

πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

#HappyNewYear #2019 #gratitude #hope #healing #compassion #kindness #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart

gentleness…

gentleness as a form of refuge and practice.

i take refuge in gentleness, in an open heart.

~j

β€œOn its own timetable, gentleness begins to pacify even the most raging emotions. Gentleness is the spiritual warrior’s most powerful weapon.”

~ Susan Piver

#gentleness #OpenHeart #refuge #practice #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas friends!!

may the transformative message of the Christmas story not be lost on our hearts – that what is divine and sacred came to us in the humble form of a baby who with his parents was poor, an outcast, a refugee fleeing violence, seeking shelter and safety.

may we open our hearts to all who are Christ among us, all who are poor, outcast, fleeing violence, seeking refuge, shelter and safety.

our open hearts light the world.

may your every day be surrounded in friendship and love, bringing happiness to your heart.

~j

#Christmas #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #OpenHeart #light #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart

begin anew…

“From the macro to the micro, life seems to suggest that renewal is not only possible but also the great way of all things.”

~

Taylor Plimpton

#BeginAnew #BeginAgain #renewal #life #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #EngagedBuddhist #Zen #enso #JMWart

just what is now…

Do only one thing at a time. When you walk, just enjoy walking. When you listen, really listen. You will become happier and more centered.

~

Haemin Sunim

Just this present moment. Just what is here. Just what is now.

#now #PresentMoment #JustThis #Zen #Enso #JM