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July 2024: Rhythm & Repose

Lotus Flower

Happy July, Sangha!

 

I can scarcely believe that we are halfway through this dynamic year. Coming into July, I am happily exhausted - in awe of what we have all accomplished together. Comparing this feeling to the season, it's as if we are standing in miles of wild flowers. A voice in my heart sweetly says, "go slow, smile wide and take it in''.

 

Thousands of years ago, beneath the full moon on hot summer nights in India, Ayurvedic healers collected dewdrops from blue and white lotuses and stored them as sacred medicine. According to the scriptures, if you place a drop of this precious substance on your tongue, it will cool your entire body. This “moon nectar” pacifies the pitta dosha, the subtle energy that controls metabolism and can cause us to overheat when it’s hot outside.

 

Much of Ayurveda’s wisdom is based on the idea that “like increases like.” That’s why Ayurveda treats imbalances with their opposites. A vaidya might suggest that we opt for cooling foods like cucumbers to quell excess fire. They might advise swimming and taking time to stop and smell the wild flowers. This principle is so simple it’s easy to overlook, but once you apply it to your daily life, you’ll be amazed how quickly you can rebalance your body and mind. With pitta in balance, life is good: you experience unmatched energy and drive, mental clarity, vitality, strength and delight. Learn more about the doshas and pacifying pitta with Banyan.

 

In drafting this letter, I was given the gift of repose from Heart guide, Heidi Nehring. Enjoy some of her insights on striking lived balance. Thank you, Heidi! 

 

Summer. Time of play. Time of heat. Time to slow down. Time for breath and spaciousness. And yet, how many of us jump in head first, grasping, attempting to hold on to what we think of as the only sliver of freedom afforded to us in the year? Trying to create the “good times”, protecting them, and wondering whether more will come once the cold comes in. For some of us, the abundance of the season can actually bring scarcity.

 

As a middle school teacher, it’s very easy to get caught up in the storm throughout the year, with barely any gas left in the tank come May. I am well-versed in getting lost in my dreams and desire to play, making up for “lost time”, thinking during the year that I’m penned in and that there is no freedom until summer.

 

Over the years, I have had to learn how to create space. I've learned to welcome what is, versus trying to control every aspect of the day-to-day. I've needed to recreate, time and time again, a personal sadhana (practice) that fits with the truth or reality of life as it is happening. Letting go, I am liberated. I see the suffering that is created if I personally try to hold on, force an idealized state - “the dream.” I am reminded of The Heart Sutra from January:

 

Ill-being, the Causes of ill-being,

The end of ill-being, the Path,

Insight, and attainment

Are also not separate self-entities.

Whoever can see this

No longer needs anything to attain.

 

Prevailing wisdom naturally welcomes us back to the middle, to balance, to ourselves. It's happening for all of us in our own ways- the lived Dharma of each sangha member - living, breathing, shifting. Each of us is presented with opportunities to strike balance, as peace and suffering are a choice. "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” A quote I want to fight with whenever I read it because I have seen and felt so much suffering. Still wisdom remains. I realize that there are tools and practices to support me in my return to Self. I don't need to grasp, nor do I need to live in scarcity. I can wholeheartedly trust that goodness and joy may be located in every moment, not just at specific times of life. Balance prevails.

 

BKS Iyengar states, “Body is the bow, asana is the arrow and the soul is the target.” If we are constantly trying to attain a bullseye outside of ourselves, reaching for desires and dreams, more times than not we will miss the mark and suffer. There may be very little joy. If we remember that we are spiritual beings, that we are sacred, that we have all we need right here, joy becomes immediate, and the Path we share, delightful.

 

Thank you Sangha for space. So grateful!

With love,

Heidi

 

Happy summer, y'all! Let's slow down and enjoy each other's company.

 

Hands to heart,

Meg Lucks | Konchok Dzeden Zangmo

 

PS: Our daylong sit was so successful (over $2000 raised for Cambodia) and impactful for our community. This is something I have been longing to share with our community for almost a decade! Given it's value to our practice, we will be offering donation-based half and full day sits beginning in the fall of 2024!

 

More to come! Learn more about how we are continuing to prepare for our service at ABCs and Rice in October by visiting www.theheartrevival.com/cambodiaconnection. Give directly to our fund here https://givebutter.com/Heart2Cambodia.

Past Newsies:

July 2024: Rhythm + Repose

June 2024: Intimacy

May 2024: Vulnerability

April 2024: The Art of Mindfulness

March 2024: The Eightfold Path

February 2024: Enlightened Society

January 2024: This Meaningful Life

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December 2023: Bodhichitta

November 2023: Prajnaparamita2

October 2023: Prajnaparamita

September 2023: Om Mani Padme Hum

August 2023: Mahamrtyunjaya

July 2023: Gayatri

June 2023: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

May 2023: Om Santih, Santih, Santih

April 2023: Om Gam Ganapatye Namaha

March 2023: Om Purnam Adah, Purnam Idam

February 2023: Om Namah Shivaya

January 2023: Sat Nam

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December 2022: Self-love as Dharma

November 2022: Practice is the Antidote

October 2022: Happiness is the Path

September 2022: Taking Your Seat

August 2022: A Crowded Mind Leaves no Space for a Peaceful Heart

July 2022: Yoga is the Journey of the Self...

June 2022: Practice and All is Coming

May 2022: The Altruistic Intention

April 2022: Being Mudra

March 2022: Receptive Listening

February 2022: There is No Enlightenment Outside of Daily Life

January 2022: The Source of a True Smile is an Awakened Mind

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December 2021: The Practice of Touching the Earth

November 2021: Rejuvenation: Nourish Your Entire Being

October 2021: Contemplative Interbeing

September 2021: The Nobility of Silence

August 2021: Dissolve Your Fixation with Self

July 2021: Let's Linger

June 2021: I am in the Flow of the Universe

May 2021: Lighten Up

April 2021: We Travel the Path in Good Company

March 2021: Om Mani Padme HumM

February 2021: Embodied Dharma

January 2021: "Everything can be a 'that'; everything can be a 'this' " 

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December 2020: I Am a Sanctuary

November 2020: In the One is The All

October 2020: Ready, Set, Rest

September 2020: Attract Beauty Today, Create Tomorrow 

August 2020: Refuge in One and blogging by the sangha

July 2020: Awaken Your Voice 

June 2020: The Spirit of Sangha 

May 2020: Just as You Are 

April 2020: The Next Buddha is Sangha

March 2020: You and I Are Essentially Infinite and blogging bits by Heather Kolvenbach

February 2020: Mudita: Taking Delight in the Happiness of Others and blogging bits by Amy Griebenow

January 2020: I am 

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December 2019: Give the Gift of Presence 

November 2019: We are All Royalty by Roy Grant

October 2019: Rekindle the Heart 

September 2019: Where Your Intention Goes, Energy Flows 

August 2019: Come Home & Be Anywhere 

July 2019: Paradise is Now 

June 2019: Let Peace Be Your Superpower 

May 2019: Play is our Pathway to Possibility 

April 2019: Give Yourself Room to Bloom 

March 2019: Living Your Highest Truth 

February 2019: Out of Love, Our Path Can Lead us to Serve

January 2019: True Belonging is the Spiritual Practice of believing in and belonging to yourself...

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