I am speechless.
I feel hugely impacted by the events
this past week.
The images haunt me.
So many feelings rumble in me,
feelings without words
The challenges we face
As a country
in its relentless
Let us go slowly,
just one day
at a time.
Let’s keep focused
as best we can.
We are equipped.
We are able.
We will find our way.
We are finding our way.
More will be revealed.
More is being revealed.
And that is the truth of it.
How do we keep inspired, connected to ourselves, to our hearts, to each other?
How do we keep connected to each other’s hearts?
This New Year Prayer, 2021, touched me greatly. By Roshi Joan Halifax from Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico, says it all:
Prayer for the New Year, 2021
May we realize that this earth is sacred and live accordingly.
May the suffering arising from oppression, hatred, and fear be righted and remedied.
May all those in the grips of insecurity be released to the safety of understanding.
May those weighed down by grief be given over to compassion.
May those lost in delusion find relief in the path of wisdom.
May all wounds to forests, rivers, deserts, oceans, all wounds to the earth be witnessed and healed through our right action.
May we work for the ending of suffering from consumerism, the climate catastrophe, war, economic disparity, racism, sexual violence, and the abuse of children.
May those in refugee camps and prisons find their way home, with our support.
May those who are alone or abandoned by friends and family, and those who are unsheltered find a safe and loving harbor in community.
May we have deep time in practice with each other and in the solitudes, to be taught by sangha and by silence, so that we have the courage and equanimity to be a source of love and wisdom for all beings.
May we all have the health, wisdom, and energy to serve in the years ahead.
May all awaken and awaken others.
—Roshi Joan Halifax
Is there one line that grabs your heart?
Perhaps consider one.
That draws you.
I am most touched by the final sentence, May all awaken and awaken others.
How can I live into that intention, for this upcoming week?
How can you?
On another note—forgive me, I am old. I look backward to music for solace. These guys brought me some this week. I’m laughing to myself. This is a revealing choice for me to show you:
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- Thursday Share Circle—Transition—Please ReadIt has been a privilege offering our Thursday Share Circle on a donation basis for these past ten months of our COVID time. Thank you so much for those of you who have contributed. As of Thursday, 1/7/21, we will shift to a pay for services basis.The fee will be $12/per circle or $40 for the month. PayPal link is hereYour payment will indicate your registration.Contact me with questions or more info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Here is the link to the Thursday, January 14 circle @ 2:00 EST.http://coacharuni.com/thursdaycircles/
May we be healthy.
May we be happy.
May we ride
May we live