Inspired by the current political climate and the expressions of people feeling the need to take action, Sokuzan talks about the Third Pure Precept of the Soto Zen tradition, the bodhisattva vow to: “Be with all things”. If you want to do something, first sit down and find out who you are. Train your mind to be with all things, starting with your own thought patterns. Prioritize awareness rather than strategy. If irritation, anger and fear are motivating your activity in the world, it will only lead to more suffering. To actually be with all things is to fully manifest your humanity in a way that naturally harmonizes with the basic situation.