You Don't Need a Resolution. You Need a Practice.
Many of you have heard me say, “You don’t need a coach; you need a practice.” Over the past year, I have dropped deeper and deeper into a small set of practices that have saved me in a number of ways. Creating intentions and goals is a worthy thing to do, for sure. But my experience shows me that without a deep, abiding, reflective practice, our intentions and goals have little momentum.
Could you use a little momentum?
I have an idea for getting some. In the first three months of 2019, I will be offering three “book study groups.” But wait—don’t think “ladies-who-lunch” book club experience here. No, no, no! In this book group you will be required to read the book! And, we’ll examine in some depth a powerful practice for transformation. And last, we’ll apply that practice to our lives. This will be another of our continuing experiments in crafting the conditions of living and the habits of mind that lead to a full, happy, and productive life.
All three books we’ll be examining advocate powerful practices for
calming and focusing the mind,
centering the heart, and
releasing obstacles keeping us from living and creating our best lives.
These books ask and answer the big, existential questions of all time: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? Each of these books gives us unique and insightful ways of cultivating our minds, bodies, and spirits so that we may live these beautiful questions and flourish.
Start where you are.
The first book we’ll examine is Pema Chödrön’s small and highly readable book, Start Where You Are. In this lovely book Pema Chödrön introduces the Buddhist practice of lojong, which means “mind training,” as well as the loving-kindness practice that accompanies lojong teachings. She frames her teachings on compassion and mindfulness around fifty-nine Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, that support us in working with the ups and downs of daily life as a path of enlightenment.
In each of the four sessions, we will study 6 of the book’s chapters, and we will practice loving-kindness meditation as Chödrön directs us. When we find that we are closing down to ourselves, to others, or to life, this is a practice for awakening our hearts and living more authentically. In addition, and most importantly, we’ll examine practical circumstances from our own lives through the lens of these teachings. My desire is to make this a very practical experience for managing your life in fruitful ways.
After this first book group, we’ll look at Michael Singer’s remarkable work The Untethered Soul, and explore the first two books of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Stay tuned for more information on these groups later in 2019.
Join our January 2019 book group:
There are two options for meeting:
Group 1 – NOW SOLD OUT
January 7 & 21 and February 4 & 18, 2019
January 8 & 22 and February 5 & 19, 2019
If you know this is for you, email me or call me at 407-227-7456 to reserve your seat. (Group 1 is already full, so make sure to reach out now if you would like a spot in Group 2.)
If you are interested but desire more information, I would love to talk to you. Call me or drop me a line.
And if this is not the right time for you, no worries! When the time is right, you will know. When the student is ready, the teacher appears. (Or in this case, the “book” appears!)
One thing I have learned—we do not find the right teachings and practices for ourselves: the teachings find us when we are ready. Be open, be receptive, LIFE will guide you.