Leading with Compassion
June is graduation season, and I had the good fortune to witness a beautiful graduation ceremony recently. The ceremony celebrated the end of one chapter in life for seniors at a local high school whose community my family had been a part of for seven years. As I watched the parade of jubilant students beaming from ear to ear, fist pumping or taking a selfie as they made their way across the stage, I remembered the challenges that each student had faced over the years: dissolution of family relationships, substance abuse, teenage lapses of judgement, doubts and anxiety about their own self-worth, illnesses, injuries, learning challenges, difficulty navigating social landscapes, heartbreak….. Every one of these kids who looked so joy-filled had encountered hardship - had suffered - in some way.
And that’s true about all of us, isn’t it? Suffering is a common feature of human existence. No matter who we encounter, and how pulled together they appear in the moment, we know for a fact that they have suffered, they are suffering, or they will suffer in ways great and small in their life, just as we have, are, and will.
When we take this as a given, then, can we offer a silent wish to everyone we encounter: “May you live with ease, and may every hardship - past, present and future - serve you in some way.”? And can we extend that same wish to ourselves, for aren’t we just as deserving?
We hope you can join us this week as we practice leading with compassion.
May all beings everywhere, without exception, offer and receive compassion, and may the hardships we encounter serve in some way.
Your friends at CMP
This Week’s Sessions:
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 12:00 PM - Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan (This is an outdoor session - please bring a lawn chair to sit on and meet on the lawn to the right of Waveny House. If it is raining, we won't meet.)
5 Mondays at Fairfield Library: Fairfield Library will host CMP sessions at 7PM on Mondays July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5. Please note the July 1st and August 5th sessions will be in lieu of CMP's regular First Mondays at First Church Congregational in Fairfield (the church sanctuary does not have air conditioning).
Fairfield Public Library: 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield.
First Tuesdays at Darien Library: Back by popular demand! Based on feedback from the 5 sessions we shared together at Darien Library in May, Darien Library has invited CMP to offer sessions on the first Tuesday of every month at 7PM on an ongoing basis.
Darien Library: 1441 Post Road, Darien.
Fall Silent Retreat Saturday October 5th @ St. Paul's on the Green, Norwalk. More details to follow.