Divided Nation: United Mind - A Morning of Meditation at the GBC, Saturday June 25thOn Fri, 24 June, 2016 - 15:13
Meditation Morning, Tomorrow - 10am (doors open at 9:30am)
This morning we woke to a divided UK, with 52% of voters wanting to leave the EU. These are uncertain times, and we don’t know what lies ahead. I suspect that when all is said and done, no one will be unaffected by the outcome.
The first thing I saw on my bedside table after learning the outcome of the vote was the following quote from the Metta Sutta, on the back of Sangharakshita’s book Living with Kindness.
“Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life…let thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.”
This feels like a real call to action for us as Buddhists, to really find our seats, to root ourselves in awareness. And then respond with wise compassion, with the whole-body loving kindness of a mother, to what we find when we go out into the world. Or when the world comes into us. And to realize the non separateness of these two.
In times of uncertainty it is helpful, necessary even, to join together, and to recommit to our values and principles of non-harm, non-division in all of our actions. This radical act, in a world of such dividedness, is so sorely needed.
So, please join me, tomorrow, Saturday June 25th, at 10am (doors open at 9:30am) til 1pm*, as we come together as a community for a practice morning. There will be meditation, chanting, and readings to help us ground, connect, deepen, and open to whatever we find.
Hope to see you there,
* Note the slightly earlier time, a 10am start!