New Year’s 2021 Newsletter
Honoring peace in our “beloved community” with gifts of lovingkindness and compassion for all.
A compassionate community is an uncomfortable community! A community that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow & thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.
— Adapted from Charter for Compassion International
May we all experience joy, good health, ease of being and lovingkindness. May this year 2021 ignite a flame in us to act on behalf of our beloved community.
In gratitude and love,
The lotus flower has many petals that surround the center in multiple concentric layers. As the petals open, more petals unfold until the lotus is in full bloom and all layers are revealed. This process is seen as a metaphor for progress made in gradual stages toward ultimately reaching peace and wholeness.
Called padma, the lotus flower grows naturally in ponds starting out rooted deep in mud and scum. To blossom, it must make its way through murky water until it finally breaks the surface. In time the lotus emerges and blooms fully in the sun, radiant and whole.
As this next wave of virus begins to crest, I would like to share with you some free practices, teachings, guides, informative articles, and offerings that remind us to practice mindfulness meditation daily as if our life depended on it. Because it does.
In a conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn shortly after his 13-week Covid-19 Pandemic Mitigation Retreat, hosted free worldwide by Wisdom 2.0, he emphasized to me what we and the world need now is more clarity and inclusivity.
Perhaps we can take time everyday to cultivate a mindful garden of clarity & inclusivity.
To access JKZ’s wonderful free daily 1-hour retreat sessions on YouTube, click on the recordings link on the Map of Love: https://www.map-of-love.org
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While life is changing and we are separated physically because of this pandemic, perhaps we are becoming even more connected than before. One way of looking at this global pandemic is as a bell calling for us to awaken. Crisis has a way of shining light on what is wounded and broken in our lives and mindfulness teaches us “to remember.” So let us look more closely at what the light is revealing to us now as we shelter at home. Let us remember the truth of our history and learn to walk a more skillful path. Choices like skillful understanding, skillful thinking, skillful speech, skillful action, skillful livelihood, and skillful effort can support and heal us during this time of disease in the body and dis-ease in the mind and heart. It can help us to remember to be more mindful.
May we and all sentient beings be well, safe, free from suffering, and filled with lovingkindness.
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Miami-Based MBSR Practicum in Collaboration with UC San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) Leading To Certification
- Status: The Fall 8-week MBSR Practicum features concurrent classes on Thursday evenings (MBSR) and Saturday mornings
- Practicum will start on Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018. Schedule below.
- Classes are limited to a maximum of 8 participants only.
- Application Deadline: Friday, August 17, 2018.
Contact Valerie York-Zimmerman if you are interested in this or future offerings of the MBSR Practicum. E-mail: email@example.com.