luminous…

I have discovered, just as my teachers always told me, that we already have what we need. The wisdom, the strength, the confidence, the awakened heart and mind are always accessible, here, now, always.

~ Pema Chödrön

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empathy…

yesterday i posted on other social media that our President stated that the Government’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico was an “unsung success.” however, over 3,000 people died due to the event itself, but also and importantly due to lack of government resources (electricity, clean water, food, health care) or timely response.

today i learned that ahead of this year’s hurricane season DHS transferred money from FEMA to ICE ($9.8 million) and another $29 million from the Coast Guard (who are vital to saving people immediately after hurricanes) to expand immigrant deportation and detention – reportedly including internment camps for minors and families.

we have the power to create heaven or hell with our words and actions.

empathy is the key to creating the former rather than the latter.

this President lacks empathy.

~j

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called to heal…

17 years ago the soul of this country received a shocking wound. the sky faded dark under ash, confusion and fear. the rug pulled out from under us. and in such a horrific moment we rose. the best of people rose to the surface wading through tears and differences.

it was a shift and an opportunity to stay with the rawness, the tenderness we felt, the feelings that inspired and motivated a sense of connection and community.

but we have forgotten, as we often do, save for special anniversaries set aside to remember. each of those, a chance to start fresh yet again…only to forget again. “never forget, never again” is fine and well, but let’s really mean it and make it so through our own hearts, words and actions. that’s where the work is that needs to be done, that’s where the real change will begin.

there is more fear and anxiety today and it is stoked by those who would seek gain from this suffering, who lust for power, have abandoned truth, and consistently seek out and feed division.

though we must continue naming that which is harmful, untruth, and divisive, naming is simply not enough. we must also act.

we, each of us, needs to answer the call to heal. using our words, our actions, our very lives to bring benefit to a world thirsty for an end to such suffering. we need to be healers, to be bodhisattvas, shining a light on the alternatives to fear and anxiety, to anger and hate, to division, cynicism, conspiracy and demagoguery, aggression and violence.

this is a journey of heart and mind, beginning within us and then outward into the world. the journey calls upon our integrity, our courage, and our ability to keep an open heart. this is where it begins.

let’s get to work.

~j

09.11.18

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this is it…

this is it.

this is the moment when being open hearted matters.

this is the moment when being kind and compassionate matters.

this is the moment when standing up and speaking out matters.

this is the moment when words and actions matter.

this life.

this moment.

this is it.

what are you going to do?

~j

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