Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or to run away from difficulties.
It is meant to allow positive healing to take place.
To meditate is to learn how to stop – to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past,
our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Thank you grandma for offering your presence
with the masses who took action
so that a future would be possible for us.
People taking action, even when elected leaders would not.
You looked so happy carrying your sign
“there is no planet B”
next to friends’ signs
“tar sands are for losers”
and “Grandmas Against Global Warming.”
Thank you grandpa for riding on the people’s climate train with hundreds of others
attending dozens of workshops about the environmental causes and conditions in 2014.
Those actions, prayers and meditations helped
wake up grassroots within the collective consciousness.
To reduce carbon emissions and slow the warming
moving away from the fossil-fuel economy.
To peacefully transition to a resilient, sustainable
co-existence with our brother and sisters of all species.
rose at 9/11 memorial ~d nelson
Without your loving, courageous actions
the planet might have warmed so much,
seas rose so high,
that we would not be here
to enjoy the beautiful wonders
Thank you for having the insight
to have beautiful continuations.
Happy to return to my blogosphere friends
and hope you enjoy the video account of dharma in action ~david
singing on the climate train
school children greeting the train
greeted in Colorado
the science is scary
the science is scary2
imagining at strawberry fields
sunset over the Hudson River
the sign says it all
flood wall st.
protecting and serving
making the serious joyful
One interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, the irony is that even after obtaining the object of your desire you are still not satisfied. The true antidote of greed is contentment. ~ The Dalai Lama
May we all have the spiritual friends needed to support us in these difficult times.
To help us see our inner lotus
as well as our deep mud
so that we may cultivate our gardens
and create beauty for ourselves and the world.
With support of others
great difficulties can be faced.
Together we can study, learn and live
in such a way that we cause less harm
to people, animals and the earth.
May our mindfulness grow
and practice of the four elements of love
that we can overcome
the three poisons of greed, hatred and delusion.
May we cultivate enough compassion
that we can bow to those we oppose,
to those whose actions create war
and destroy the earth
for they have so deeply helped us
see how much we truly care for life on earth.
These thoughts were recently shared by two senior luminaries of engaged Buddhism,
Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa and Joanna Macy.
Please enjoy this inspired, edited version of their talk:
I look forward to again being with my spiritual friends in the blogosphere
when I return from retreat and participating in the UN Climate March.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
chanting compassion ~d nelson
Gratitude for the compassionate ways
of the sisters at Deer Park Meditation Center/Monastery.
They teach the ways of understanding and love,
living in harmony with nature.
They are there as friends to all
who present themselves;
sister’s new dwelling
For the past 14 years they’ve lived
in small bath houses (next to the unused swimming pool),
cold in the winter
hot in the summer.
Still they walk peacefully
and smile to all.
Finally a new, eco-earth friendly
straw-bale nunnery is being built for them
thanks to the generous donations of time and money.
This short video above offers a brief impression.
Sr Chan Khong & lay friends
sharing her smile
More info about the efforts to complete
the building of Clarity Hamlet at
worn down tires
Before starting the car
I know where I’m going.
The car and I are one.
If the car goes fast, I go fast. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
To show I care for you
my most precious cargo,
I will slow down,
be no closer than
one car length per 10 miles per hour
following other vehicles,
and travel at a safe speed.
Please do not fear.
In a past lifetime
I drove crazy,
in the parking lot,
racing at green light’s spark
crossing multiple lanes
to take an off-ramp
failing to consider the
two-thirty-seconds of an inch
of rubber between me
and the hard, sharp
of pavement, steel and glass.
Through deaths and near deaths
I now humbly understand how to appropriately
express my deepest aspiration
while focusing on controlling
a vehicle of compassionate action
and not a powerful weapon of destruction
of myself, loved ones, strangers, bicyclists,
pedestrians and innocent by-standers.
new tire danger
tire man at your service
non discrimination of flats
where’s the wheel?
May we all have peaceful get-a ways
in our get away cars.
Let the pebbles speak! Their words manifest on this post.
rock insight 3
whats going on!
rock insight 2
alive graffiti 2
Are you paying attention to me, Feet say to Mind.
Mind abruptly stops its chatter momentarily to say
I know you are there. Of course I know.
Feet respond that they would like to feel mind’s presence.
Mind says there are many important things
for me to think, to remember, to plan.
You are so clever, thinking highly of yourself
and the endless seductive ideas that pop
on and off of your screen, says Feet.
Please offer me your full attention
and together we will walk in freedom,
free from illusions and ignorance,
free to truly love and feel loved
free to fully embrace and enjoy
the miracle of walking in beauty
on this precious planet
at this very wonderful moment.
Helped by mindful breath’s calming
Mind smiles while letting go of its thinking
and experiences the miracle
of being alive
walking with Feet.
being present for the gift ~d nelson
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
from: Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh
walking together in beauty
Where the mind is without fear and the
head is held high,
Where knowledge is free, …
Where tireless striving stretches the arms
Where the clear stream of reason has not
lost its way
into the dreary desert sand of dead
let my country awake. ~Rabindranath Tagore
Sticks and stones
help make my bones
and words can gently heal me.
Without any need for thinking
digestive tract breaks down
vegetables, fruits and other foods
vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates
water and other micro nutrients
made available for body’s well-being.
Our body offering ancient physiological wisdom
without anger or discrimination.
Need it be difficult for mind
to see rocks as messengers of peace;
to see wooden sticks as signs of love,
as building blocks of humanity
as the providers of well-being they are, in the right dose?
With a little support and camaraderie
we can learn to live
in harmony with the earth
and each other.
Casting our stones, visibly
for peace and love.
peaceful wood & stone