Hi Everyone, We read up to pg. 30, Step Two so we will be starting there next week. I appreciate the discussion we had tonight about the "unsatisfying quality" of life that some call suffering, and beginner's mind and how we use our meditation practice in our lives, off the cushion.
So a contemplative question to consider and discuss here that was brought up at the end of the meeting was how important it is to have a group to share with to get the most out of our practice.
How has having a group been important in your sobriety and/or meditative practice? Can you see and appreciate the gifts of the "we" that sharing brings?
Another contemplative question from the reading is where in your life has keeping a beginner's mind (and not thinking that you already know) been a positive experience and helped you in your recovery/life? Or consider where have you NOT kept a beginner's mind and how that has affected you.
I look forward to hearing your experiences.
For me, I couldn't do this without a sangha and spiritual community. The opportunity to share my experience, strength, and hope with others has been foundational to my journey, and I've been in a Buddhism and recovery group called The Noble Steps where we meditate, read, and share for many years. I have found that sharing cements the insights or awareness gained in a meditation practice, both by putting my own thoughts into words and by listening to the shares of others. This is definitely a "we" program for me, even though I sit alone most days.
As for a beginner's mind, this is something that is definitely a work in progress. I have discovered along the way that a lot of things that I thought I didn't like, or couldn't do, have become enjoyable once I dropped the judgment or the fixed idea of what it should look like. That's not always easy to do, but a beginner's mind of curiosity allows me to have a new experience and I love to see things differently, even if it's just admitting an old opinion no longer rings true for me.
What about you?