belonging a loving-kindness daylong intensive Saturday, January 25 10 - 4 Methow Valley Wellness Center, Winthrop by donation
It’s not that we need to wish for others’ happiness and well-being. This is just the way it is at a cellular level. This is the way the heart responds when it’s not being self-protective, when it’s not buying into its complications. -Pasanno Bhikkhu.
At the root of kindness is kin, the measure of our connectedness. In this web of life we are deeply connected to all beings. The root of our suffering is forgetting the connection, forgetting that we belong to each other, or not at all. In the midst of connectedness, we sometimes draw a line. As elemental as kindness, is fear, the threat of unbelonging, of being disrespected, the very real fear of not having what we need most. In our fear based moments we separate from others, and from ourselves. To heal is to make whole, to accept all of ourselves, all that life brings. Join us for a daylong practice, mostly held in silence, with opportunities to gently reflect on the lines we draw within and without. Together we will deepen self-kindness and move toward gently releasing resentment. At times we each experience a personal “other” the person who has hurt us, the people we fear, people with whom we disagree, our own unpleasant qualities, they challenge us to be our best. Explore the boundaries of acceptance, rejection, belonging, and imagine peace, a world where all of us belong.