Hoping that this short holiday week finds you all well. I miss you all. Hoping to come one of these Sundays soon just to be in sangha. Otherwise I will be teaching again on the 19th of December with Anthony and Rebecca. The Sunday after Christmas, the 26th I will be teaching about Working with the Inner Critic or Judge which if we don't address it, will definitely impinge and hinder our practice. Though the Buddha doesn't specifically address self-judgement, there are many teachings on aversion (one of the 5 hindrances, remember?) for which there are tools we can use to work with this in all of us.
Then through popular demand, I will be starting the 10 Paramis or 10 Perfections once again, beginning with dana or generosity in January. Rebecca and I will be teaching mostly in January because Anthony will be away on a month long retreat.
On December 5th, I have been invited to teach at the Gay Buddhist Fellowship at 10:30 am in the Mission District in San Francisco. I will be offering teachings on mind training. All of you are welcome to come and/or please tell anyone in SF whom you know may be interested.
Our wonderful blog techie amongst other wonderful attributes, Susan Haumeder has created a really cool blog for our Alameda Sangha. This is where we can have conversations about the various teachings that the three of us have offered you on Sunday nights. So hopefully this will be up and running soon and she will let us know how you can all access the blog.
Anthony and I will be teaching a daylong at Island Yoga here in Alameda in February on a Saturday. We don't have the exact date yet. More info to come. And in May he and I will be doing a 4 week workshop on Working with the Inner Critic. Dates and more info will be forthcoming.
Otherwise, hope you all have a peaceful Turkey Day. Remember that if you anticipate going into a family gathering with aversion, take some time to reflect and meditate that morning if even for a few minutes a set an intention for how you will handle any difficulty or irritation that arises. Examples of intentions are: to remember to breathe when something charged comes up in conversation and you feel it in your body. Ground yourself, rubbing hands and feeling feet on the ground, you can set an intention to only listen and be fully present without allowing yourself to get reactive, etc.
And above all, don't forget the 4 principles of wise speech, before you might say something you regret: 1) it's helpful 2) it's kind 3) it's appropriate and 4)truthful
Have a peaceful and interconnecting Thanksgiving! Remember Anthony will be teaching this coming Sunday after Thanksgiving,
Much metta, Pauletta