“I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere. Because where I am folded, there, I am a lie.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
this quote very well may sum up enlightenment or waking up, for me – to live authentically, to be in authentic relationship with the arising and passing life around us, to not fold up or close up in fear or anger, but to remain open – both heart and mind – courageously loving all that is suffering.
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remember, you are a warrior. you are a healer, born for this time, to bring balance and counter that which destroys.
with an open heart, do what you can, where you are at.
Over 2500 years ago, deeply moved by the suffering he saw in life (sickness, aging, and death), disenchanted with the excess from which he came, and the practice of extreme ascetism, the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) set out to meet life face to face, as it is. He sat until he woke up. And in waking up he became the Buddha, which means awakened or awakened one. Seeing the middle way – not running away from or grasping at life, rather meeting life with an open heart – he found freedom from suffering.
Today, December 8th, we Buddhists commemorate the Buddha’s awakening under the Bodhi Tree, as Bodhi Day. A day to remember the event, but to also be reminded that we too can wake up, we too have within us the ability to be with life as it is, to be free and at peace.
This morning I practiced, I sat and meditated, and then painted this “wake up” enso to honor not just this one man who decided to sit beneath a tree and meet life authentically with an open heart, but to honor all who sit, all who practice, all who meet this passing life with all of its beauty and heartbreak with an open heart.
May we all wake up to the preciousness of this life, may empathy and compassion be born from our open hearts, to light the world with our love.
i fell in love with black & white photography during my recent dive into the 7 day b&w photo challenge.
it became an extension of my medita…tion practice, my Buddhist – more specifically Zen aesthetic and art.
sitting. observing. listening – above all, listening.
so much around us is speaking to us, reaching out to connect, simply with its inherent presence if we are open to it.
the light. the dark. the shape of things.
i want to document this new journey. what has been made and what can be found. hashtagging these b&w photographs with #TheShapeOfThings.
i look forward to seeing anew and hope it brings something valuable to the journey.
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“At all times, in all places, be it desires, senses, gains, loss, right, wrong…
in all things shine through…”
even when in darkness, and most especially so, keep shining friends!
#repost from last year of my art and some thoughts that still seem appropriate today, in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday anniversary:
The law of love governs the world. Life persists in the face of death. The universe continues in spite of destruction going on. Truth triumphs over untruth. Love conquers hate.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
I believe this to be true.
But I also believe love and life itself call on us to engage and perhaps even depend on our participation.
Nothing, No Thing, can be taken for granted.
There are times when silence just isn’t an option.
Speak and act in solidarity. With nonaggression, with nonviolence, yes. But also with inexhaustible, fierce, formidable compassion and commitment to justice and equality.
Can we hear the cries of the world?
Are we willing to answer?
#WakeUp #OpenEyes #Bodhisattvas #BodhisattvaVow #Service #FierceCompassion #Compassion #Kindness #Courage #Love #OpenHeart #TheLongArc #JMWart