Jeff (and Erin): I’ve always thought the opposite of acceptance was resistance. And I’ve got plenty of that. But lately I’ve been tuning into a different way we don’t allow what’s happening, and that is by grasping or holding on. It’s a big theme in Buddhism obviously, but it has never been a big theme in my practice. I notice it now: a desperate need for THIS movie to make me happy, for THIS thing to work out, so much invested in finding the right (temporary) coping strategy for my continuous challenges. The solution is available in a moment. Notice: “oh, I’m doing that desperate thing” – it’s a FEELING. What if, instead, I just let the thing I’m holding onto so tightly just be what it is? Then: a lightness, a buoyancy, a fresh capacity for appreciation.
This Monday night we explore grasping versus accepting.
Kevin: What do we think of when we hear the words ‘self-acceptance’? Some of us might think of directing affirmations or loving kindness to ‘me’. But if we’re the ones being loved, who or what is doing the loving? What’s really happening when we’re being a ‘me’? Is there a deeper, broader, trans-personal self-acceptance to be found in that exploration? Let’s find out!
Luke: For me, I experience a feeling of openness and expansion when I choose ‘and’ instead of ‘but’. By choosing ‘and’ I move towards accepting multiple realities instead of denying or avoiding them. Together, let’s explore our ‘but’s’!
Seishin: Acceptance is not about going along or tolerating. Surrender is not about giving up or abdicating. This is about life. How do we finally stop resisting the life that’s in front of us and step into its full vibrant aliveness, messiness and all? In tonight’s meditation we will look at how to practically step into the reality of what is here and now, without resistance, without contortion, and without lying to ourselves. I look forward to sharing these moments of life with you.
Warren: Using the power of my Loop station, a device that allows you to record things in the moment, put them on a repeating loop and stack vocal layers on top of each other, I’m going to share some live songs with you. Each song will capture one theme of moving into the fall season and honouring its transition. I might have a special guest join me!