Thursday, December 13, 2018

Meditation Holiday Schedule 2018

Hi all, note that we will not be meeting on the following Sundays:
  • December 23rd 2018
  • December 30th 2018
Also, if you do any other classes at Breathe please check as some classes are cancelled for those weekends.

We will be back to meditate in the New Year at 7pm Sunday January 6th, 2019!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, restful and joyous holiday season.

      Metta, Chris

Be kind to yourself this Holiday season

Kindness Starts With Yourself

We are once again in the holiday season, and that can mean different things to each of us. For some this is a wonderful time, full of friendship, fun and excitement. For others it can be a time of loneliness. For some the memories of past holidays can bring joy, for others pain.  For many of us, myself included, it is a mix of enjoyment and being overwhelmed. It can be a stressful time whether you love it or hate it.

I always find that I need to take a step back over the holidays and make sure that I am taking care of myself. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement, stress, over-scheduling, loneliness and excesses. This is supposedly a time of 'goodwill to all men,' yet it is easy to end up feeling personally burned out or low.

When we practice metta - lovingkindness or goodwill - we always start with ourselves. Sometimes this is difficult, in that we understand that we need to love all beings - but loving ourself can be the hardest task of all. After all, we know all of our faults and flaws. And anyway, isn't it bad to be 'selfish?'

True metta for yourself is not selfish. You are a living being like all other beings. You know suffering and you wish to be free from that suffering. So just as I wish you to be free from that suffering you should wish it for yourself too.

So as we go through the holiday season practice being kind to yourself. That's not being selfish - selfishness leads us to over indulge and ignore others. That's not kindness. Kindness is caring for yourself.

In the meditation linked below we practice that kindness for ourselves. By being kind to ourselves we can generate a caring heart that radiates out to all beings.

Whatever the holidays mean to you I wish you to be well, happy, and free from suffering.


      



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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter 2018

I've had a few people ask -- Yes, We are meeting this evening.

    Happy Easter and passover to you and your families,

        Chris

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meditation Holiday Schedule 2017

Hi all, note that we will not be meeting on the following Sundays:

  • December 24th 2017 (Christmas Eve)
  • December 31st 2017 (New Year's Eve)
Also, if you do any other classes at Breathe please check as most classes are cancelled for those weekends.

We will be back to meditate in the New Year at 7pm Sunday January 7th, 2018!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, restful and joyous holiday season.

      Metta, Chris

Friday, August 11, 2017

No Meeting Sunday August 20th 2017

Hi all - there will be no meeting Sunday 20th August 2017, as I will be out of town (heading south for the eclipse). Also, our usual backup teachers are also unavailable, so we have to cancel this one. Other than that, all meetings running as usual. Metta, Chris