Oiling the Gates to the Heart
Many Buddhists believe that beings live an infinite number of lives, and that, as a result, every being has served as one's mother, and every being has been one's child, no matter if that being is currently male, female, young, old, animal, human… .
Whether or not this is part of your belief system, imagining ourselves as someone’s mother can help to unlock a shared sense of joy for the joy that others are experiencing and, when we do this, a whole world of joy opens up to us. A smile on anyone’s face becomes a smile that we feel invested in. Another’s contentment is something we can celebrate. The safety and well-being of a stranger can, over time and with practice, become something to cherish. Even the good fortune of someone who tends to rub us the wrong way can spark joy in our hearts if we imagine that person as a loved one.
It sounds far-fetched, but you may find that the gates to the heart can be easily oiled by the imagination.
We invite you to join us this week as we practice finding joy in the joy of others.
May all beings without exception feel the love of infinite mothers,
Your friends at CMP
Community Sessions This Week
We hope you can join us at one of our community sits this week. All sessions are free and open to the public, suitable for new meditators and people with an established practice. There is no need to bring or wear anything special, and all sessions offered in libraries are done in chairs unless you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or meditation cushion.
Monday 6:30 PM- Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield
Monday 7:30 PM- Sama Yoga, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM- Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford
Wednesday 12:00 PM- New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Thursday 7:00 PM- Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien