(compassion: exploring with tender curiosity)
A teaching we often hear is “be compassionate toward yourself. Only then can you offer peace and love.” And often self-compassion is framed as acceptance and non-judgmental letting go of expectations. Cultivating an opening of the heart has been a nourishing and freeing gift of committed practice.
There is another aspect of compassion which is energetic and turns the mind from a tendency towards passivity. During moments of focus on the breath and stillness, clear and strong emotions can arise. In ourselves or we notice them in our friend. If I can use the breath practice to set aside reacting/ignoring and let the emotion be, then there is a space to observe and explore.
Working with clear and strong emotions helps to build the skill of compassion. Then we enter the lush forest of fuzzy and more subtle feelings and habits of mind. Ajahn Chah observed “As you meditate, your mind will get quieter and quieter, like a still forest pool. Many wonderful and rare animals will come to drink at the pool, but you will be still. This is the happiness of mindfulness.”
Thursday, Barry will lead, with the topic “Ice on the Sidewalk”. A great time and place to practice concentration and mindfulness of where the feet are stepping.
GROUP MEDITATION PRACTICE
Beginners welcome Cushions & chairs provided
Siting Meditation Walking Meditation
Deep Listening/Mindful Speaking Sharing the Merit of Our Practice