Out the Door and Into ...?

In some insight meditation literature the senses are referred to as the “sense doors”.  When reading or hearing these terms, we might gloss over them and chalk them up to translation, or jargon. 
 
If we acknowledge the word “door”, we might think of the door as meaning an opening that allows stimuli into our sphere of perception.  But what if we shift our perspective and see the “sense doors” as portals out of our small, separate sense of self and into…. into what?  

Maybe they give us access to the present moment:  smells, sounds and the feeling of movement in the body can usher us into our own present moment experience.  And if these are doors instead of windows, then we are meant to pass through them, not just look through them.  Maybe what we find on the other side feels just like us, but bigger, more expansive, all encompassing.  Maybe we have a sense that this is the universe, or a higher power, or “the force”, and that we’re not just a small part of it, but we are all of it and it is all of us.  Maybe we don’t know what to call it, but we can sense it.  And maybe it doesn’t feel like any of that, but it has been fun to explore and play.  
 
Taking one word that could easily have been glossed over, looking at it, holding it up, spinning it around, feeling its heft and contours, noticing whether the act of noticing it has shifted our trajectory even the slightest bit.  Or not.  Such are the joys and opportunities in life if we slow down and pay attention and give ourselves permission to explore.  [And on a side note, the real benefit comes from exploring what words mean on our own, before we ask Google what they mean and take someone else’s word for it!]
 
This week we turn to our breath to help us stabilize our minds, and become aware of our full lived experience.  Like every word, every breath offers us a chance to explore.
 
May every being without exception find richness in life through exploration,
Your Friends at CMP 

Please check out our schedule below - Fairfield Library Monday evening and Darien Library Tuesday evening and no session on Thursday because it's Interdependence Day (:  ))
 
The Door
Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if
nothing
is there,
go and open the door.

At least
there’ll be
a draught.
- Miroslav Holum

(Cool fact about this poem:  It was given to all graduating doctors in Scotland from 2014-2018, along with other poems.  How cool that the doctors were given poetry?!)

This Week's Session Schedule

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 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull
***NEW****Monday 7:00 PM - Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield
Monday 7:30 PM - Sama Yoga, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM - Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford
***NEW***Tuesday 7:00 PM - Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien
Wednesday 12:00 PM - New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Thursday - Interdependence Day : ) No session, but we hope that you will take time to practice on your own.

Upcoming Events

Thursday July 24th 9:30-11AM: "Forest Bathing" at New Canaan Nature Center!! Forest Bathing is a wellness practice developed in Japan. Time is spent outdoors using one's senses and nature to settle the mind and body. No rubber ducky needed! Big thanks to the New Canaan Nature Center for offering its beautiful grounds for this practice. 124 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan.

Saturday October 5th 9AM - 3PM: Fall Silent Retreat at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk. More info to follow.

About CMP

CMP thrives on donations. All of our weekly sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are essential to our sustainability. CMP is a licensed charity in the state of CT as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted and donations are tax deductible. Visit our website (www.CommunityMindfulnessProject.org) to donate by credit card. Checks can be given to facilitators at our weekly sits or mailed to Community Mindfulness Project, P.O. Box 1713, New Canaan, CT 06840.

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