My cat, Sebastian is a 'pro' at using gravity. He really gets the way you surrender into this constant, terrestrial hug.
Today we finished up our segment on Self-compassion and started working with Kindness.
We explored our relationship to gravity and how if we would just allow the natural pull of this Earthly force to invite us in to deeper relaxation, we can become both still and present. Returning to the breath and finding kindness, we sat together in silence.
I'll be bringing in some great resources for our interesting discussions on Neuroscience and meditation.
Kinder, by Donna DeLory
Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye
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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
We've been exploring Self-Compassion. We are working with the idea that between the stimulus and the response, there is a space which holds the possibility for choice. Our practice is designed to get us acquainted with that space.
Today we had a guided Loving-Kindness meditation. We are working with 'embodied' meditation, so that our purpose is not to transcend the body...to "go somewhere", but rather to be present, embodied and in this moment. So, we worked with the breath, sensing various things going on in the body and working with giving ourselves the gift of caring messages.
May I be filled with loving presence.
May I accept myself just as I am.
May I be happy and at peace.
Several people remarked that they enjoyed the music. We listened to David Darling's "Children", "Prayer and Word" and "Cello Blue" from his album 'Cello Blue'.
Today's poem: "The Place I Want To Get Back To" by Mary Oliver
The Place I Want To Get Back To
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
and first light
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me
they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let's see who she is
and why she is sitting
on the ground like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;
and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way
I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward
and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years
I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can't be repeated.
If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named
"The Place I Want To Get Back To" by Mary Oliver, from Thirst. © Beacon Press, 2006.
Please join us for meditation on Wednesday mornings. We have a space for you.
We started meditation this morning with what turns out to be a fake letter from Pope Francis. What we came to realize is that our world is readying itself for the truth of "inter-being", which means the inner truth we tap into that we are all related, we are mirrors of one another, we are not alone, and our every movement impacts EVERYTHING. It may not seem so, as we look out at the chaos and fractures out there, but as we go inward and feel our own selves, our splits and incongruent places, we can "knit" ourselves back to wholeness with awareness and presence.
Today we practiced a modified version of the Life Bliss Meditation, using some movement, chaotic breathing, humming, chakra meditation and then stillness.
We ended with Mary Oliver's poem: "Mozart for example":
All the quick notes
Mozart didn't have time to use
before he entered the cloud-boat
are falling now from the beaks
of the finches
that have gathered from the joyous summer
into the hard winter
and, like Mozart, they speak of nothing
but light and delight,
though it is true, the heavy blades of the world
are still pounding underneath.
And this is what you can do too, maybe,
if you live simply and with a lyrical heart
in the cumbered neighborhoods or even,
as Mozart sometimes managed to, in a palace,
offering tune after tune after tune,
making some hard-hearted prince
prudent and kind, just by being happy.
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Today we had a lovely meditation on compassion. We worked with difficult emotions and practiced seeing the pain and suffering inherent in them and finding compassion for ourselves, then others.
Sweet group today.