ready to awaken…

Zen Student:Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?
Zen Master:

As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.
Zen Student:

Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?
Zen Master:

To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.
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41 Incredibly Powerful Photos That Capture The Human Condition

with a 24 hour news cycle that often puts a spotlight on what can be negative and destructive results of human choice and action, it is important to also open our eyes and draw attention to our beauty. a beauty manifest from what can be great bravery in harrowing circumstances, drawn from the compassion that lives in our hearts. these photos do show some of the ugly – but the majority bear witness to the beauty that arises from courageous souls connecting to our humanity, making a different choice, to end suffering.

~j