Have you ever been in one of those situations when?
On Tue, 2 December, 2014 - 11:41
Kindness and Ethical Giving This Christmas
You ever have those experiences where you interact with someone randomly, treat them carelessly or as a utility and then suddenly they come into your life in a more immediate, tangible way? And you realise that it would have been a whole lot better if you’d really met them as a human being to begin with: you’d really been kind and available to them?
Happens to me from time to time and it humbles me. Recently I had an incident along those lines and it just gave me an insight into how interconnected we really are; we think we’re all these little separate selves running around taking care of ourselves in our little protection bubbles when in fact we are probably far closer to each other in all sorts of ways than we realise…..
I think the metta practice helps us to see this and closes the gap between self and other beautifully. Gina and I went to see an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s ‘Christmas Carol’ tonight at Belvoir Street Theatre and this was really Ebeneezer Scrooge’s journey of realisation; the mean hearted old miser came to see that his tight, money hungry grasping was poverty whereas an out-turned, kind and generous perspective was true wealth ….
So come along and open your heart to yourself and others this Thursday night and Sunday with our delicious meditation practices.
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 9 am
And ……… IMPORTANTANNOUNCEMENT ……
This week we have a special visitor and presentation
Emma, a woman who comes along to the Sydney Buddhist Centre is going to present some ethical ideas for Christmas presents to us. She is lovely, bright personality and I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about her work and having a look at some of the things she’ll be bring along. Some details and links are attached to give you a sneak preview (there’s a cool concert on this Sunday night at the Camelot Lounge):
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