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Easter Sunday and today Easter Monday – both bright, sunny days, filled with spring azaleas, tulips and freshly planted marigolds. What energy is released after rainy days, entombment and suffering. Why not begin anew, enjoy every moment of beauty, renewal, in whatever form it appears. My Sunday was one of shear delight – working with family outdoors. We worked together, played, enjoyed each other, the sunshine and 80 degree weather.

Photo by Tonigri

After a short rest, shower and dinner, I enjoyed a very special evening with my sangha. The founder of the Washington Mindfulness Community and his wife, both dear friends who stayed with us for the last four days, were available after the sitting to answer questions about meditation practice. The first question was about how to not lose yourself in compassion for others. E talked about healing the riff with her sister, the retreat beforehand, how to nourish compassion within herself, working on her practice, letting the sangha hold her suffering. And R told a story Thich Nhat Hanh shared on a retreat about a man so busy with his family duties that he had no time for himself. He changed the way he helped his child with homework, washed dishes and cleaned house, so that he was doing it for himself….then he had much “time for himself” because he was doing everything for himself. Gradually the man was able to see that he is in his son and his son in him, that all acts of compassion for others can be done in a way that nourish us. The rest of the sharing was also deep and powerful, stimulated by the first deep question and answers. I was filled with gratitude for having a beautiful family I love and a community of practice I also love.

Life can begin anew each day. We can rise as new beings, filled with life and promise.

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One Comment

  1. HAPPY EASTER!
    WHILE READING YOUR EASTER BLOGG THIS THOUGHT CAME TO MIND. WE ARE EASTER PEOPLE AND AS EASTER PEOPLE WE WEAR OUR EASTER CLOTHS EVEN IN THE DEPT OF WINTER SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET THE PROMISE OF SPRING.


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