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How do you live from the ground of love in the midst of a crisis?
Begins April 12
At the end of last year, the world’s awareness became keenly focused on the harsh realities of climate change. In response, Gangaji wanted to offer a series of online meetings on what it means to live from the ground of love in the wake of difficult circumstances. Now, as we are facing the utter seriousness and urgency of the Coronavirus, we have decided to start this series earlier than originally planned.
Facing The World We Live In is a series of five online meetings designed to take a close look at our very human survival strategies and responses when it comes to facing difficult circumstances. See below for details of each monthly topic.
Whether we are experiencing acute anxiety, in denial, or overwhelmed with grief at what will be lost, we can take responsibility for our own actions and responses, deepen the capacity of our hearts, and be true friends to one another. We are in this together.
Letting Go of Control and Meeting Chaos
“This invitation is radically good news. It’s just not what we think it is. The world doesn’t align itself according to our commands.“
The daily political, environmental, social, and familial circumstances we find ourselves in are mostly out of our control. The momentum of chaos itself may be unstoppable. Given that, what are our true choices? How does awakening matter when it feels like things around us are falling apart? This month, Gangaji offers some radically good news as we look at ending our hope of escaping loss and discovering what is solid, permanent, and true, while facing the world we live in.
Denial, Apathy, and Ignorance
One of our primary survival strategies is to deny or ignore what is happening around or inside us. The avoidance of what is mildly or even profoundly uncomfortable may be appropriate in some circumstances; but if that avoidance becomes actually living a lie or displaying passive-aggressive behavior, it becomes a source of suffering. This month is an opportunity to tell some hard truths about the ways we sell ourselves out for comfort, and in that, suffer unnecessarily. Our willingness to tell the whole truth is a gateway to realizing freedom.
Vulnerability, Humility, and Arrogance
Perhaps one of the most dangerous habits of mind is arrogance. Arrogance often appears as an unwillingness to be wrong or the insistence on being superior. Defending a point of view may be natural, but what if we open our minds to not knowing? What if we stop and investigate our assumptions? Being “right” is a false god, and worshipping this god causes unnecessary suffering. Gangaij directs us to the vulnerability and humility of an open, curious mind. This openness transforms our experience of each other and the world.
Grief and the Loss of What We Love
We are witnessing the devastating results of climate change in all parts of the world. The recent fires in Australia demonstrated how a catastrophe we could not have imagined became a harsh reality. How do we meet this kind of loss? Our conversation with Gangaji turns to the nature of loss and the love we express wholeheartedly with our grief.
Trusting Life, Trusting Yourself
Trusting Life, Trusting Yourself: In the wake of betraying another or feeling betrayed ourselves, how do we rediscover our capacity to trust? What is trustworthy? Gangaji points to the possibility of not naively trusting our thoughts, feelings, and storylines, but instead shifting our attention to what is finally trustworthy—life itself. There is a moment of surrender to that which holds all, that which has always been here, that which has never left our side, no matter the feeling or circumstance. When you fully turn your attention to that, you are trusting yourself, trusting life.
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Next Meeting Topic: Yearning for Freedom
Date: Sunday, July 11th 11:00 AM PST
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