The Tibetan culture has a long tradition of meditation, and the Tibetan word for meditation is “gom” - which roughly translates to “familiarizing". Meditation offers us a chance to familiarize ourselves with ….. ourselves. We begin to see ourselves for who we really are.
This may seem daunting, as our first thought may be that we might not like what we see when we get to know ourselves. Over time, though, meditation and mindfulness help us to see that we are human, and that all humans have positive attributes as well as areas to grow. We all want to be happy : sometimes we act wisely in pursuit of happiness - our own and others’ - and sometimes we err.
Many of us tend to be more acutely aware of our shortcomings and spend less time acknowledging our positive attributes, but acknowledging our own goodness is just as important as expressing our appreciation to our loved ones. In fact, appreciating ourselves is a way of paying tribute to important people in our lives. As Kristin Neff (self-compassion researcher) writes, "Appreciation for our good qualities is an expression of gratitude for all who have shaped us as individuals. Self-appreciation humbly honors those who have helped us become the person we are today.”
This week we hope that you will join us as we celebrate the goodness that flows through ourselves and others.
May all beings everywhere, without exception sense into the goodness and virtue that flows through them,
Your friends at CMP
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday 12 PM and 1 PM Trumbull Library, Trumbull
*** NEW! Monday 7PM First Church Congregational of Fairfield 148 Beach Road (near sanctuary, look for signs)
Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1 PM Ferguson Library, Stamford
Wednesday 12 PM New Canaan Library, New Canaan
*** SPECIAL Thursday 7-8:30 PM New Canaan Parental Support Group - Michelle will be speaking with the group and offering a meditation. NCPSG meets every Wednesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan and meetings are open to all parents with loved ones affected by addiction. http://ncparentsupportgroup.org
Other Upcoming Events:
Darien Library Thursday Night Sessions @ 7 PM starting May 2nd! Click here for our schedule.
Pop Up Meditation @ Grace Farms! Friday May 3rd 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary at Grace Farms. Click here for details.
Spring Silent Retreat! Saturday May 4th First Congregational Church of Stamford. Registration and information here.
Guided Meditation Recordings:
Click here for guided Appreciation meditations.