The Bounty Within

Recently we’ve been captivated by the book, In Love with the World, a Tibetan monk’s tale of going on a multi-year “wandering retreat”, living anonymously as a pauper. The story weaves his experiences with detailed, accessible descriptions of different types of meditation practices and how they supported him on his journey. At one point in the book, the author, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who is a well-regarded Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher, talks about how there is a misperception that the sense of peace that comes from meditation is something external to us to be attained. Rather, he points out, it is our natural state, something already within us, and we just need to re-access it.

Each meal is a chance for us to tap into a sense of well-being, a chance to shift away from a reliance on external forces for our happiness. The difference between a meal that fills us with joy and one that doesn't may simply be how we relate to what is before us. If we take the time to appreciate the colors, the textures, the scents and the flavors we may turn an otherwise modest and unremarkable dish into a feast for the senses. Moreover, we can pause to allow for a welling up of a sense of good fortune and gratitude for the food before us, allowing ourselves to feel cared for by everyone whose labors contributed to our meal, nurturing our spirits as well as our bodies.

We hope you will join us this week as we tap into our inner source of well-being.

May all beings without exception have what they need to sustain themselves,

Your friends at CMP

This Week’s 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 6:30 PM- Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield
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
Wednesday 12:00 PM- New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Thursday 12:00 PM- Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan

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