Independence Day

full moon over alsea bay last night

We watched the fireworks last night over Alsea Bay and under a full moon. Here in Waldport, they do their fireworks display on July 3rd. It was cold and the air was thick with the smoke from fireworks and campfires, but I was wrapped in a blanket and with people I love.

I may not always allow myself to feel free, but I know that independence is possible, and that I am lucky to live in a place where it’s even easy. And I am encouraged to know that there are other people who want to do good, want all beings to be free from suffering, want to serve others and change things–there will be 1000 of us at the World Domination Summit this weekend. I am excited and nervous, but am comforted by this wisdom from Jen Vertanen, “The people attending WDS are my people ~ they just haven’t met me yet.”

On this 4th of July, I am contemplating the reality of experience, that even though things come together and fall apart, change is constant and we are mortal, there is basic goodness, compassion and wisdom, and freedom is possible.

image by Bill Longshaw, from

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. ~Pema Chödrön

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