Hello and welcome to this week’s online weekly newsletter!
Sunday Online Workshop
When we explore how to work with emotions especially those as powerful as grief, we require a deep respect for what we are experiencing. Within Buddhism there are many perspectives on emotion, and they are also influenced by what was culturally appropriate at the time the teaching was given. In our modern world, and especially in the context of individualism, we find that our personal journeys matter to us and we need teachings that support us in fully metabolizing our experiences without suppression or fixation. Grief in an emotion phobic culture is often timed or compared to notions of time. However such powerful feelings are made of wisdom and have their own process. Furthermore western ideas of working with grief have centered around stages, but what if grief is non-linear and not to be subject to our timelines? In this workshop we will explore how our meditation helps us work with grief on its terms.
Hope you can join us! Register here.
Let’s take a Mindful Moment together right now, shall we?!
Ecology of the Heart – New Series On the Blog
Over the past month, I’ve been sharing a series of posts on Ecology of the Heart. In the world of people who practice meditation already, we have such a possibility of being humble beacons for a culture of caring for our planet and being part of that network that goes well beyond whichever community we might think we affiliate with or are a part of. We’re all a part of one giant community. This series is an exploration of how we might begin to do that.
For Online Sangha Members
Coming up this week on the Members’ Calendar:
- Morning Sitting 7:30 am Eastern Monday-Friday (and most weekends, check with Janet!)
- Monthly Gathering With Nick, Monday, June 14, 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm Eastern: Weekly Social Meditation Gathering. (Open to all! Email Janet for the link!)
- Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9:00-9:30 am and *1:00-1:30 pm Eastern: Maitri Bhavana (Healing and Compassion Practices) *NOTE NEW PRACTICE ADDED!!
- Sunday, June 20, 2021, 10-11 am Eastern Sunday Morning Curriculum Study Group. This week we’ll explore the Lojong slogan “Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence, the present moment.” (Available on blog mid week!)
Please visit our Online Sangha Members’ Area here (sign in required) to see the calendar with links for the Weekly Online Social Meditation Gatherings, Sunday Morning Curriculum Study Circle, Daily Sangha Sitting Schedule, and upcoming Sadhana of Mahamudra practices, as well as the Videoblog Archive and Weekly Practices and Contemplations from our Sunday Morning Curriculum Study Circle.
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We’d love for you to join us! Monthly online sangha membership is such a beautiful way to support your own and others’ practice, with lots of opportunities to sit together, learn together, and laugh together. Your membership also helps support my teaching activities, which allows me to create even more resources for you.
Every Saturday our online sangha members gather to do Maitri Bhavana and other healing and compassion practices. Pictured below are several online sangha members, led by Janet, practicing dissolving the barriers between self and other with “Just Like Me.” practice this past Saturday. Thank you all, so grateful to you, for carving out that time each week. If you’d like to listen to an audio recording of Saturday’s guided practice, you’ll find it here.
How is your meditation practice going? What is coming up for you as you practice? What obstacles are you encountering? Where would you like to feel more confident?
Here is a video with more information about meditation coaching and how it can help you learn which mindfulness and awareness techniques can best help you navigate your life, unlock obstacles, and grow in your potential in all areas of your life! You can also book a session here.
From the Lojong Slogan, Examine The Nature of Unborn Awareness, which members of our Online Sangha discussed on Sunday morning.
What arises for you as you work with this?
And last but not least…
From a wonderful little book called The Boy The Horse The Fox And The Mole by Charlie Mackesy
What do you think success is?!
See you next week!