Beginning June 14 we will be back at our physical space at the Nashville Friends Meeting, 530 26th Ave. N. Meeting every Monday. Fully vaccinated only for Phase 1. Masks optional. A zoom option will remain available. We start at 7 p.m. with a 30 minute meditation session, followed by a dharma talk and q&a, usually led by our guiding teacher, Lisa Ernst. All levels of experience welcome. A zoom options remains available.
A magnificent bewilderment of stars – when the mind drops in a moment, thoughts fall away into nothing. We realize the ephemeral quality of life and how small we really are. The mind is bewildered into the great, expansive realm of not knowing.
“Because of emptiness, all things are possible.” – Nisargadata How do we live it, or get to know this teaching experientially in our lives? Especially as the energy begins to “tip forward” toward reopening, reconnecting in person and resuming some elements of what we think of as normal. This talk includes a guided compassion meditation at the end.
Right now it may feel you’re in limbo, no fixed location. Perhaps a sense of optimism, yet also the push and pull of staying and going forward, no real directions that make sense. Like being lost and not having any way to navigate. But the dharma is the ultimate navigation system to help us reset and find our way.
Metta, or lovingkindness practice, teaches us that all humans have the same needs for safety, well being, and freedom from suffering. The practice of offering kindness to an indifferent person in particular led me to a deeper exploration of what “neutral” or “indifferent” really means. It has completely changed my perspective and expanded my practice. Perhaps it can for you, too.
We all need a little humor right now and the “cat lawyer” delivered. This is also a good time to review the classic teachings of the Anapanasati Sutra as a foundation for meditaiton, from basic mindfulness of breath to full awakening. This talk also includes a 10 minute guided metta meditation.
Join us for a dharma block party on February 13, 7-9 pm CT. Bring family and invite friends, make new ones, and help cultivate sangha with the gift of your presence. The evening will begin and end with fun new ways of connecting to the One Dharma community and beyond. For the middle hour, from 7:30-8:30 pm CT, there will be drop-in breakout rooms* so you can choose from different ways of moving, meditating, and more. And think about what you might want to share in the open mic break-out room. Let’s come together and share some joy! Suggested donation is $10 – $20 and can be made here. To join just click this zoom link. *Make sure you have Zoom version 5.3 or higher so that you can self select the rooms you want to go in and out of. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.