As I shared with this morning’s participants, when I turned off my phone alarm in the other room upon waking, I saw on my home screen this quote: “Like 9/11, COVID 19 has stripped away American’s sense of security and they wonder how safe they really are.”
Our teachings and practices remind us that safety, security and Peace are not found in the ever-changing external world, but only in the inner experience of our Truthful Nature , in which we are ONE.
“The gift of the Light of the Lord is everywhere; The palace of the Buddha Nature is within ourselves. The deep, true heart longs to go quickly So that their happy meeting may occur soon.”
“Hold the back upright and still, but keep the body relaxed. In this way the wise purify their hearts, Withdrawing into the secret refuge Of their own inner Treasurehouse . -Soto Zen teacher Rev Koshin Schomberg and Rev Master Jiyu – Kennett
Not simply in formal sitting meditation but in every action and with every word, with any arising sensation or feeling , we can experience Presence and thru that alert but relaxed acceptance of whatever is arising, infinite Peace and unbounded joy can be known. And the way to navigate through any chaos, confusion or challenge becomes clear.
Pause NOW, and breathe into what IS.
AND MAY WE ALL BLOSSOM LIKE THE LOTUS, AT HOME IN THE MUDDY WATER.