How to Practice Peace

Dr James: The practice of peace is eternal and the pain we hold at its seemingly slow arrival heralds the relief we will feel when we no longer need to fight with ourselves. This session will be divided into two parts, the first will be spent calming and focusing the mind, and the other holding onto the image and feeling of the world we are waiting for, such that it draws nearer.

Making Peace With Yourself

With all the conflict in the world, there’s a great need for kindness and compassion on a global scale. But in order for us to make a more compassionate world, we must develop and deepen our compassion for ourselves. At tonight’s CEC, guest teacher Ofosu Jones-Quartey will guide a practice designed to make peace with ourselves through upping our self kindness and self compassion game.

The Future is a Specter

Seishin: Is tomorrow real? Is next week a state of mind? Of course it’s important to know how to plan and create helpful narratives of our lives, but what is the relationship between this moment right now and this nebulous, imaginary future? How is it that right here, right now, is the thing that brings forth the future? And how is it that we should practice, knowing this? We must learn to see this clearly, so that we can take compassionate action right in this moment and bring about a better tomorrow.

Hope for Tomorrow, Today

Luke: When I think about this month’s theme I’m reminded of my time in the hospital following my spinal cord injury. A friend came to visit me and brought an article to share about some medical studies that were underway touting advancements in spinal cord research. The articles boasted a 4 year timeline to develop a “cure” for spinal cord injury. Innocently, he taped the article to one of the walls of my shared room. News of a cure pulled me from the depths of hopelessness into the opposite realm of hope-full. The article also provoked an extra paralyzing experience, drawing me from my present awareness to a fixation on the future. Together, let’s drop in and explore these realms of past, present, and future combined with the often associated feelings of hope.