The Greatest Teachers
There is no greater teacher than to live life and feel and experience it without running away. Life teaches us things that ideas, theories and books cannot. Experiences give us gifts that thoughts cannot. Allowing ourselves to fully experience and embody our emotions is the only way to true compassion. This month we will explore the lessons we can receive from life when we are open, willing and aware. Join us on Facebook Live at 10:30am every Sunday!
August 2: Death and Taxes
Buddhist teachings say that death is our greatest teacher. Not just physical death, but the impermanence of life—death as change. When all we want to do is avoid something, how can we learn from it? What can we learn from grief? Could knowing we are going to die make us more alive? Is denying ourselves the fullness of life a form of death?
August 9: Other People
Relationships – whether friendships, family ties, lovers, children, coworkers, or just other people on the bus – can bring the deepest pain, the greatest joy, and the truest test of our compassion and understanding. Intimacy with other humans is a spiritual crucible. What can you learn about yourself only by dealing with someone else? Are there relationships in your life that changed you forever? How? For the better? Are you willing to look at even failed relationships in a new way to find the gifts? Boundaries?
August 16: Sitting with “No”
Everyone wants a yes – to our dreams, hopes, ambitions. Sometimes the Universe gives us a resounding high five, and sometimes it seems to slam doors right in our faces. How do you handle a slamming door? Is the “no” a test of your commitment? Or a sign from God that you should quit? How can you tell?
August 23: So Lonesome I Could Cry
With the isolation, quarantining, and social distance that COVID-19 has thrust upon us, many of us find ourselves alone more than we are used to, and more than we would like. Were humans meant to be alone? What are the lessons here that we couldn’t get any other way? What would it mean to truly love and value ourselves? How can we get past the pain to find out?
August 30: Oops! My Bad!
The things we like least about ourselves could be our greatest teachers. What can we learn from our faults? What is the value in imperfection, in missing the mark? Is it true that if you spot it, you got it? How can we develop compassion for our imperfections?