It’s that time of year when many will be thinking about their resolutions for the forthcoming year. What is it that you’d like to bring into being (or out of) in 2015?
In our Coogee Dharma study group we’re currently working through a course named ‘Life With Full Attention’ by Maitreyabandhu; it’s an attempt to assist us bring mindfulness into every aspect of our lives. He stresses the importance of taking responsibility for the apparently little things in life if we are to have any hope of making ‘big’ significant progress in our lives generally.
So inspired by our first week I’m working on:
Getting to places in time rather than on time (a distinction my preceptor made some years ago)
Getting my tax return done before we have our next study (finishing things we’ve commenced ‘finishing cycles’)
Stabilising my 2 day / 5 day diet plan
Finalising the odds and sods remaining from our recent Sydney Buddhist Centre Buddha Blitz
Being more kind and available to my partner Gina
And fundamental to the course is an encouraged commitment to 20 minutes of meditation daily for the duration of the course.
Meditation helps us integrate ourselves. We get to know and make friends with all the different ‘selves’ living within our being and finally, they begin to really talk to each other and pull together rather than working against each other …..
So this will help us to follow through on our resolutions …..
Hope you can join us for meditation:
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 8.50 am
And a couple of extra things this week:
Izzy and Claire are organising an 8 am sit down on Coogee Beach NY’s morning (I’ll bring some meditation gear down) meet 8 am on the concrete semi-circle tomorrow morning)
There’s a Vairocana Puja at the Sydney Buddhist Centre tonight in honour of NY’s Eve
Next Monday we’re going to have our very first Coogee Full Moon Puja at the Croquet Club at 8 pm – just one hour – a puja is a Buddhist devotional ceremony which encourages us to make a bridge from our heart centre to the spiritually divine …. All welcome!