I often find myself thrown into situations that I'm not prepared for - "graduate school for chaplaincy - no big deal!" Until I'm reading a hundred plus pages per week, squeezed toward emotional edges in process lab, and deeply investigating the mind in meditation practicum.
One of my classes is classical Tibetan debate, a form of vocal, analytical meditation. This stretches the conceptual limits of my mind - which, according to the Sautrantika school is not the brain...you can ask me about that later.
Another role I'm being thrown into, just because of my personal experiences as a person of color, is that of activist. This feels strange and so right, both at the same time. I recently attended a dharma talk by the Venerable Pannavati and she said,
"The process of activism entails sitting with oneself first, seeing tender spots and areas in in need of care. Once the concept of self is shattered, then there's room to show up as a force for change." Just some food for thought.
Being thrown into a situation or throwing oneself in requires courage and encouragement. A daily practice of meditation helps sustain us.
Online breathwork is open for registration today through midnight on Friday. We'll look at this idea of going inward as a way to serve outwardly. Thank you for listening...be well. Sign up here.
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