This experience with COVID-19 pandemic is most certainly new, full of uncertainty, yet also pregnant with opportunity … opportunity for us to slow down, reflect on our values and what’s most import, and to “wake up”, to get to really know ourselves and who we are at our core. Even though “waking up” can’t be planned or made to happen and despite the fact we might practice, nothing specific leads to such waking up, as spiritual teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has pointed out “Awakening is an accident. Being forced to get in thouch with your deepest fears and identity may make you more accident prone”, and this is excatly the opportunity we are facing if we wish to take it.
As a starting point i have recorded my first ever guided practice video for you …. click here for the link …. and invite you to explore just being. Also, as those of you who have attended our Mindfulness & Conscious Living Program know, we have a Self-care Maintenance Program (SCMP) that is offered twice a month on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm. Thes have been on hold due to the pandemic social distancing and as this looks like it will continue for some time yet I will begin to offer these SCMP sessions at the usual time (5:30) and will, for the time being, to provide extra support for our patients who have particpated in the Mindfulness & Conscious Living Program and also for anyone else who might want to explore mindfulness practice as part of their coping and living well with this pandemic challenge, offer these every Monday at 5:30 vis Zoom videoconferencing starting April 27th. If you are interested in this opportunity to join in with and practice with others please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to tthe Zoom session which will include a link to download the Zoom app if you don’t have it (it is free and you can uninstall anytime you want) as well as the metting ID and the specific password for the session. For added security, I will send a new Zoom invitation each week by email so watch for it if you are interested.
In the meanwhile please feel free to return to the guded meditation above and practice as often as you are inclined.
Also if any of you are feeling unsettled and overly distressed and would like some help please feel free to call the office, 452-7116, or email, email@example.com, for assistance.
Cheers, blessings and be safe,