Well That Was a Pretty Incredible Welcome Back! (April 13th circle)

Hello to my radiant Friday morning BEings,

Wow, what a beautiful morning we shared yesterday! What an absolute gift and honour to share my first post surgery qigong class with each of you in Michelle’s peaceful and sacred studio. Truly, I am in awe of how the universe is arranging my life, and each of you play such a significant part in the unfolding of the mystery!

I cannot wait to share the next eight weeks with you and I’m also thrilled (and beyond grateful) to be coming back to Michelle’s Meditation Hut on Friday mornings this fall (stay tuned for those details)!

Jessica, I am so excited to meet you next week! I’m also over the moon to share that my dear friend Ariel (who many of you know) is going to join our Friday group starting next week! Could this group get any more delicious?!

As I shared yesterday, I am continuously drawn to the integration of various teachings - there seems to be an innate desire and need to find the common threads and to weave them together. The movements of Qigong seemingly open up the channels so that divine truth can flow in and I am just here to say YES, YES and YES…and to bring as many people with me as I can. Thank-you for coming along for the ride! Lately, I have been drawn to the basic teachings of Buddhism and have found the words of Pema Chodron to be the most soothing and 

The Love That Will Not Die

Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all others behind. Their suffering continues, unrelieved by our personal escape.

On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others , our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is our heart - our wounded, softened heart. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die. This love is bodhichitta. It is gentle and warm; it is clear and sharp; it is open and spacious. The awakened heart of bodhichitta is the basic goodness of all beings.
— Pema Chodron: “ Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion”

Wishing you all a week of open-hearted presence!