the smaller parts of me

the plantain treeonly bears fruit once,however,the marvelous tree of bodhicittawill bear its fruit and grow unceasingly.* bodhicitta is the mind stateof a bodhisattva,a person who vowsto save all beings. I used to think all beings meant every being, but now (at least to me)it meansno being is too smallto exclude. like the smallerparts of me,and how my bodyfeelswith each actionI take. iContinue reading “the smaller parts of me”

My Husband

My husband does karateand plays the guitar. He sits on his chair,a broken recliner,reading his bookon Saturdays,only leavingto read it in the bathor make dinner. He gives big tipsat restaurantsand saves money so he can retire early. He plays the twelve-bar blueswith our kids,calling out the chords,in front of the fire. My husband sets downContinue reading “My Husband”

Bodhisattvas

I want to bea bodhisattva. Bodhisattvasdevote their entire livesto helpingall beingsachieve their ownblissfulpotential,Buddhahood. A bodhisattvais releasedfrom the dungeonsof the spinningwheels of samsara, My samsara is looking forother people to tell me I am okay,or to talk me down,and give me peace,to say how brilliant I amover and over,but even if they try,it’s not enough. IContinue reading “Bodhisattvas”

Shantideva’s Dream

Twelve hundred years agoon the night before he was to become kingShantidevawas visited by Manjushri,the bodhisattva of wisdom,in a dream. Manjushri told him to renounce worldly life and seek ultimate truth. So he left his homein Saurashtra, Gujarata peninsula in the Arabian seaand became a wandering beggardedicating his lifeto simplespiritual practice I wonder if he foundNalanda University350 hoursContinue reading “Shantideva’s Dream”

Gratitude- Vaccine, Returning to School, Family, Biden Harris

I am closer to getting a vaccine. I spent 3 hours waiting online to get an appointment. I did not get an appointment, but I am on a waiting list, which is much closer than I was a month ago. This experience was both frustrating and exciting, like I was in line for concert tickets.Continue reading “Gratitude- Vaccine, Returning to School, Family, Biden Harris”

Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education

Dr. Miguel A. Cardonais a stocky, 45-year-old manwith short, dark haira white goateeand horn-rimmed,half-framed glasses.He wears a wedding ringa gold watchwith a brown leather bandand a pin-striped suit. Dr. Cardona grew upin a housing projectand on his first dayof Kindergarten,at John Barry School,when he knew no English.he ended up cryingin the nurse’s officeand leaving schoolContinue reading “Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education”

20 for 2020, My Gratitude Challenge

20 for 2020, I called it. On December 6th, I decided to do a Gratitude Marathon of sorts. I would write 20 things I was grateful for each day. I was unsure about it. I didn’t know if shouting out my blessings into the void was appropriate at a time when so many people areContinue reading “20 for 2020, My Gratitude Challenge”

Inauguration Week 2021

I want to rememberthis week forever.How I held my breath,until it releasedlike an ocean waveto the sound of the National Anthemsung by Lady Gagain a red skirt that reached Atlantaand a gold broochof a dove. Descending peace,maybe not,to a divided countrybut to the little boymy dear co-workerwill, finally, be able to adopt from Somalia,to theContinue reading “Inauguration Week 2021”

21 Tiny Acts of Self Care

Light a candle. Hug your children. Drink a glass of water or a cup of tea. Clean something you don’t normally clean, run vinegar through the coffee maker, throw away the receipts in your purse, Put on lavender hand lotion. Eat a super food a handful of nuts, dark chocolate, or a scrambled egg, darkContinue reading “21 Tiny Acts of Self Care”