At last night’s meditation session, we contemplated cause and effect, aka karma. We considered that when we react with anger and fear, we plant seeds of anger and fear. But when we give ourselves the space to react with patience, kindness and compassion, we plant seeds for patience, kindness and compassion.
“Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate. Because when we are free from hate, we see the ones who hurt us not as monsters, but as people who themselves are wounded, who themselves feel threatened, who don’t know what else to do with their insecurity but to hurt us, to pull the trigger, or cast the boat, or pass the policy aimed at us. But if some of us begin to wonder about them, listen even to their stories, we learn that participation in oppression comes at a cost. It cuts them off from their own capacity to love.”
The course is offered freely, and I would say jump in at Day 1 anytime – there’s no late to this party.
I love Adriene’s calm, centred, gentle approach, and am super grateful to have found such a great way to start 2018!
In her words: “Yoga is really the art of waking up. Getting back to the true you. It can be that simple. Yoga offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for you instead of against you.”
Oh, boy, I adore the work of Sam Harris. I have been an avid fan since reading his Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, two or three years ago. I listen to pretty much every podcast Sam produces, and had the opportunity to see him live at one of his events in Toronto this past September.
In this podcast, Sam speaks with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.
Their conversation is intricate, dense and finely woven. This is a ‘must listen’ for any reasonable, and reasonably serious, practitioner of Buddhism.
It’s suitable whether you have years of experience with meditation, or if you’ve never meditated before and are wondering what it’s all about.