Over the last year or so every now and again the thought has popped into my mind: I really miss teaching meditation. To put this in context I taught regularly at my local Buddhist Centre including a branch class in Sussex for 6 years. “Life” stepped in (or, ahem, my stressful feelings about not having enough time for work) and I stopped.
Then my teacher asked if I would cover a few of the beginners classes I first started out teaching many years ago and without hesitation I agreed. Last month I agreed to co-teach a weekend course in July…and it feels like something is just slipping back into place.
When I think of all the things I’ve done in my 53 years on this planet, teaching Dharma (or Buddhist meditation) has always felt like the most worthwhile thing I have ever done.
It’s not about feeling self-important, I know that I’m simply a vehicle for these practical teachings to reach more people. They make a difference – I can attest to that, and right now is the time I need them most.
Recently my Mum was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and when the chips are down my spiritual practice is what I turn to for relief. Not as some form of escape, but as the most reliable way to navigate through life’s problems. It’s always about how I respond – and that is the part of life I have control over (we all do) in a world that frequently feels more and more out of control in these current times.
It feels like I’m being given the opportunity to give people the tools to deal with the big stuff in life…to bring this to life by sharing my own experience in all it’s rawness helps make the teachings very real and applicable I feel.
If you, or anyone you know, wants to take a weekend away from the busyness of life in the peaceful surroundings of the beautiful meditation centre, this might be the answer. The weekend retreat will explain simple but powerful meditations that will open our heart of loving kindness and will enable us to train in patient acceptance. “Smiling Face, Loving Mind” takes place from 13-15 July at Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre in Brighton – full info including booking here.
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