If you feel depleted (who doesn’t?!) this is what will replenish youDecember 21, 2020 | 15 Comments
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Meditation practice begins at 3:57
Dear Open Heart Project,
I hope you are well and feeling healthy and strong.
Once I had the privilege of interviewing Tara Brach, the respected Vipassana teacher, about compassion. I asked her, “what do you tell your students who come to you with compassion fatigue?” I’m sure you’ve experienced what I called “compassion fatigue.” It’s when you are just exhausted from trying to be a force for goodness and sanity in a world that may seem to be going in the exact opposite direction.
I half-expected her to give me a teaching from a sutra or some other ancient text but instead she answered with one word. “Sangha. I tell them sangha.” As you may know, sangha is the sanskrit word for community.
This was over 10 years ago, but I have not stopped contemplating her answer and checking it against my experience. I find it to be absolutely correct. When I’m at a low ebb, I actually can’t pick myself up. But, if I’m lucky or prescient enough when at my lowest to connect with others–you, family, friends, gatherings of like-minded people, I suddenly find that my energy has returned. The truth is, we are not self-sustaining machines. We rely on the web of interconnection to keep us energized, hopeful, and strong.
Don’t take my word for this! Before today’s sit, I offer a few additional thoughts. I’d love to hear yours. Please leave them in comments and I’ll be sure to respond.
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