Embodiment

Pamela: What is love? Where is love? Why is love? Many lineages say we are born of love, or that such is the force that pervades and binds us together. We will explore this concept with a journey into our physical selves.
The Path Unfolding (@thepathunfolding) is an inward-looking, somatic-based meditative tour; an open and exploratory occasion to indulge our curiosity, attune our senses, and notice what’s happening inside.

 

Love is closer to us than we are to ourselves.

James: Some claim that we experience, at least consciously, only the surprising. A voice shouts our name from across a busy room, and we turn. A twinge in our leg, and we move it. The rest of the sensations, nearly all of them, are processed by the unconscious mind which has seen them a billion times before, and takes care of them without interrupting us. How loving! In meditation, over time, we become aware of things we otherwise might have missed. Often, with this, a reverence emerges for what is happening within and around us. This sit we are going to focus broadly on our experience, so we might realize how tenderly we are held.

Appreciative Joy

Avi: The Pali term mudita has no direct translation into English. It is a mirror image of the practice of karuna (compassion). Whereas in karuna we practice positive mind states in the face of suffering, with mudita we do the same with happiness. I like to think of it as generalized gratitude. Whereas in gratitude practice, I can amplify the positive impact of good things in my own life, in mudita practice we derive joy from the good things in both our own as well as in others’ experience. For me, this underscores the fundamental idea of interconnectedness. My own good is not separate from the good of others. When others are fortunate or successful, we can train our minds to react with appreciation. This has a dual effect. First it neutralizes negative emotional reactions such as jealousy, bitterness, or sour grapes. Second, it improves our own wellbeing and helps us combat our natural negativity bias to maintain a balanced, realistic-yet-hopeful worldview.