How to be a spiritual warrior (spoiler alert: you already know how)November 2, 2020 | 24 Comments
Audio-only version is here
Meditation practice begins at 10:16
This email is being sent the day before the elections in the United States. Though many of you don’t live in the US, there is some sense, I imagine, that this day could be momentous for the world.
Whether you are connected to this specific election or not, there is a sense of great division in the world. What can heal the divide? Not aggression…not desperation…not turning away.
When we clear away these three poisons, we are left with something much more genuine. Rage. Sorrow. Exhaustion, even. The joy and pain of connecting with the world around us. The truth of what we feel actually creates the foundation for true warriorship.
As I was taught, the primary qualification for becoming a spiritual warrior is this: to have a broken heart. If this is you right now, whether due to despair about the world, difficulties with loved ones, fears about health, or just a basic sense of not having any idea what to do next–there is power in this feeling of groundlessness. Please have a listen to this week’s short talk to learn more. And, as always, I truly love to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to share questions, reflections, stories, doubts, all the things.
P.S. Maho Kawachi is hosting a free half day meditation mini retreat (guided meditation, walking meditation, Q&A) on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ET. Maho is a wonderful teacher, as many of you know. It is generous and lovely that she is offering a chance to get together in community to mix our minds with the dharma, however you define it. If you’re interested in attending, please email Maho at email@example.com.
P.S.S. If you missed the recent Loving Kindness Retreat, you can watch the recording here. It was a two hour class about the history and principles of this practice, followed by a beautiful experience of practicing loving kindness together. It was a magical gathering. If you missed it, check it out. xo
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