If you feel stuck, this may be what is holding you back.February 19, 2018 | 28 Comments
The meditation begins at 6:15.
Audio only version is here.
Hello and welcome to your meditation practice.
Each month in the Open Heart Project Sangha (the membership community within the OHP–please join!! You’re invited!!), we explore a theme. This month our theme is “renunciation.” In many wisdom traditions, renunciation is considered an essential part of the path. It is hard to devote yourself to your practice if you are overly encumbered by distractions and non-essential activities.
Renunciation has gotten an extremely bad rap. When you hear the word, you may think of punishing detox fasts, selling your television, or giving up Funyuns. While you are welcome to do any of these things, they are not what I am talking about. What I suggest instead is this: to renounce that part of your inner chatter that is constantly demeaning you. Last week, I used a phrase to describe this inner chatter that I think I may have coined: “shadow mindset.” Most of us have such a mindset. It’s that part of us that is in the background offering a running commentary of some sort. For some of us, it’s about how much we suck. For others, it’s about how much everyone else sucks. Or it could be about how untrustworthy/selfish/fake everyone is. Whatever it is, doesn’t quite matter. What DOES matter is identifying it so that you can renounce it. I’ve been working on doing so myself this month. It has been a very interesting and powerful experiment, if I may say.
Before today’s sit, I offer some additional thoughts on how to do this. And to keep the conversation, do think about joining the Sangha! Every single a day, a different Buddhist teacher gives a 30-minute live talk on this month’s theme. It’s pretty rad.
Report back! It’s always great to hear from you.