Dharmalata – Public Ordination 2006 – end of a four month retreat in the Spanish mountains
Sometimes it feels important to share with you from my own practice of meditation: from my own efforts to go beyond where I currently am towards a self that is wiser, kinder and happier.
Whilst it can be inspiring and expansive to read the thoughts, practices and teachings of others it’s also good to just speak from our own heart and mind and open up around things. And not in the role of expert but simply as someone who is working as honestly and wholeheartedly as one can ……
So …. Currently my practice seems to be around an ongoing steadying and refining of my being; just trying to see more clearly who I am, what drives me and how I can be a man with more integrity and kindness. Just lately I’ve been seeing how incredibly strong my drives and habits are and how they are most probably rooted right back into my family of origin stuff both biologically and conditionally. Big stuff to work with but oh such great and liberating rewards if one can stay with it and infuse it with love and wisdom …
Meditation is the very best tool I’ve found to just quieten me down and steady me enough to continue an irresistible quest I’ve found myself with in this lifetime – to go beyond the superficial responses to life and gestate something more real, more to do with the fundamental experience being human.
And none of this can be worked on in isolation. Sure we can go on retreats and have time and space to ourselves but that’s all a waste if it doesn’t allow us to participate with humanity and still maintain integrity and freedom.
And so we need each other and need to practice in relationship with each other ……
Hope you can come and meditate with us this week:
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 8.50 am NB: Sunday will be at Gina’s and my place at 39 Mount Street Coogee as there’s a big championship day at the Croquet Club.