Taking Care of Things that Happen Inside of You…and Around You
“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
The mindfulness we practice on our cushion in the morning is the same mindfulness we practice to notice our reaction when our spouse frowns at us or our boss yells at us., and to notice our reactivity when we are frowning or yelling at them!
The compassion we practice in a weekly class or a daylong is the same compassion we practice when we are having a meltdown, falling apart, are going ballistic, blaming others or ragging on ourselves. We remember we are human beings and that all human beings have reactions like this.
Likewise, the resilience we cultivate through learning from experience is what we draw on when our best friend moves across the country or gets a diagnosis of lung cancer.
These practices to deepen our wisdom, caring, and courage are foundational to wisely meeting any of the disappointments, difficulties, and even disasters of our lives.
I will be teaching precisely these practices in the Bouncing Back, Moving Forward: Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on December 14-15, 2019. Two days of practicing the tools and techniques that allow us to face and deal with any level of disruption in our lives, anything at all. Please join us if you can.