Hello and welcome to this week’s online weekly newsletter!
Sunday Online Workshop
A namthar is a spiritual biography or hagiography in Tibetan Buddhism. Namtar is a contraction of nampar tharpa which literally means ‘complete liberation’. This name refers to the fact that the texts tell stories of yogis or Indo-Tibetan Mahasiddha who attained complete enlightenment. For us they function as a way of seeing our own lives and journeys. We will share some key points of our spiritual life, and in doing so we deepen our connection with each other in community, as well as coming into contact with the sacredness of our mission and deepening our inspiration and compassion together!
Hope you can join us! Register here.
Let’s take a Mindful Moment together right now, shall we?! What do you notice as you do this? Pausing in this way, noticing, savoring, is a great way to become present to our lives, to what is true, allowing us to make wiser choices and appreciate each moment.
Ecology of the Heart – New Series On the Blog
Have you seen it yet? Check it out!
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!)
- Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm Eastern: Weekly Social Meditation Gathering. (Open to all! Email Janet for the link!)
- Saturday, June 26, 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 27, 2021, 10-11 am Eastern Sunday Morning Curriculum Study Group. This week we’ll explore the Lojong slogan “In postmeditation, be a child of illusion.” (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.
Not a member yet?
Discover presence, discover yourself, discover community, and take meditation practice beyond an app to a much deeper level with a monthly membership! Learn more in this video.
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.
Here, sangha member Janet, talks about why our sangha members’ morning sitting practice is so important to her.
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, Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence, which members of our Online Sangha discussed on Sunday morning.
You might use the words as the object of meditation for a few moments, noticing what other words, images, sensations arise. When you feel ready let the words and images and sensations go, and just rest in whatever has arisen for you.
And last but not least…
What do you need to feel in this moment? Be so gentle with yourself!
Take good care and see you next week!