Yes, we are meeting 'in-person'

Exciting News! For those of you in the Vancouver / Camas area we are meeting again in-person at the Breathe Wellness Company. If you are comfortable meeting with us in-person at this time then please join us at 7pm on Sundays. Plan on arriving ten minutes before to get settled. We will be following all current WA State guidelines and I ask that you are mindful and respectful of other people's comfort levels. I will be wearing a mask but will remove it once we are settled and distanced to lead the meditation. For now we will not be having after-meditation tea but hopefully soon. I will be updating our website with the latest details so check back here if you are unsure.

Note that we will NOT be meeting on Sunday 31st October (Halloween).

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hot Cross Buns


 Hot Cross Buns

Happy Easter everyone!

Yesterday, in honor of Good Friday, my wife baked some awesome Hot Cross Buns. They were, it has to be said, delicious. Sadly you couldn't share them with us.

In England everyone eats Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, it's just one of the things that we do. The history of them is deep and quite intriguing. For instance, did you know that they were once banned? Yes, the sale of Hot Cross Buns was actually made illegal by Queen Elizabeth I - but then she did do some strange things.

Traditions like this can be fun and useful - they provide us with regular reminders of what is being celebrated - even if sometimes the meaning behind them is hidden or lost.

Easter is a strange holiday in our culture, as for most the meaning lies somewhere between (a) the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ and (b) chocolate. Looking around the stores it seems like chocolate has won.

Part of the strangeness of the holiday is due to the fact that roots of the holiday are in the celebration of the goddess Ēostre (or Ôstara) at the Spring Equinox. The ancient celebrations with their emphasis on fertility and rebirth mixed in with the Christian Paschal month to give us the holiday we now know. So the bunnies and eggs speak to fertility and new starts while the crosses recall death, resurrection and hope. While the juxtaposition may be a little startling at first there is some rhyme to it.

For me, this is the time of the year that I like to focus on the concept of 'beginning again.' I think this season is an excellent opportunity to revisit this fundamental part of our practice. I really like the way teacher Sharon Salzberg puts it:

 "The critical element in meditation practice is beginning again. Everyone loses focus at times, everyone loses interest at times, and everyone gets distracted over and over again. What is essential, and also incredibly transforming, is realizing that we have the ability to begin again, without blaming or judging ourselves, without thinking we have failed, without losing heart, we can, and need to, constantly be beginning again."

And, in the spirit of beginning again, this isn't the first time I have written about this - you can find similar messages here, here and here.

But that's the point, isn't it?

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter,

Metta, Chris.

 

The audio link below is for a fully guided meditation on beginning again. You can of course listen to it at any time, but a group of us have committed to press 'play' together at 7pm PT on Easter Sunday, 4th April. You are welcome to join us if you wish.


 

 

 

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