This is my first foray into the blogosphere so I ask for your patience while I get the hang of it.
Mindfulness is such a vast topic and one that, to me, is endlessly fascinating. It is a beautiful jewel with countless facets to explore. In the days, weeks, and even months and years to come, we have a great many avenues to travel together in the discovery process.
I wanted to say just a few words about our first practice gathering. For me, to have a local practice group is a long held dream come true! It was especially gratifying to have both experienced and novice practitioners come together to start something special.
One of my favorite concepts from the study of mindfulness is the Four Immeasureables, comprised of Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy. I was amazed that the energy in the room was at once comfortable AND exciting. Moreover, I was struck by the strong feeling that the Four Immeasurables were present among us!
It appears the group is open to seeing what comes next. I see that as a tribute to the real "beginner's mind" that was mentioned on Monday; ever open and curious about what mindfulness practice has to reveal to us.
Try to spend 5 minutes each day just simply being - not doing. Simply sitting still - do we do that anymore?
Simply resting in the moment - just being. Set an intention of being still; not planning, not watching TV or listening to the radio, not making lists - just being. Bring awareness to your breath and watch each moment unfold - without trying to change it - just being. What do you notice? Bring your questions, your comments, your observations to the group.
May all sentient beings...
Enjoy happiness and the root of happiness
Be free from suffering and the root of suffering
Be not separated from the great happiness that is devoid of suffering
Dwell in the great equanimity that is free from passion, aggression, and prejudice.