I teach meditation. I co-wrote Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, wrote The Head Trip, and founded The Consciousness Explorers Club. My mission is to empower people to take charge of their own mental health, through the creative application of meditation and personal growth practices. I also teach people how to guide and share practices in community.
In the last Equanimist Pages, I wrote about Dynamic Care — a balanced way to think about how to help ourselves and each other. How might this work in real life? The following practices were (mostly) submitted by all of you. I’ve organized them into the four quadrants of the Dynamic Care grid. Real life, of course, doesn’t have compartments. Our practices blur lines – they may be both active and restful, may benefit both ourselves and the world.
Jeff and Dan talk all about the wide-world of practice beyond the meditation cushion, about what it means to be your own teacher and Jeff's idea of the different stage of practice that people all go through – regardless of their particular commitment.
There are no guidelines for how to manage the whole world shutting down at the same time. Studies on war and natural disasters don’t speak to the emotional toll of fighting an invisible enemy, one that lives inside ourselves and everyone we love. We’ve been asked to abandon closeness in favour of isolation and withdrawal. For many of us, the impacts have yet to arrive.
When you live on a ship at sea, everything gets amplified in the narrow interiors: ruminations, moods, behaviors. Enter COVID-19, and the fact that many of us are stuck inside. Ping ping ping, go the signals. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get a clear picture of what I’m comfortable with, and what I’m not.
Wherever we are on the mind-body roller-coaster, seated and calm, we can suddenly see it. We hadn’t noticed before, in our busyness. We thought life was just like that. But now we realize, actually, life isn’t like that. We’re like that.
An unexpected thing I’ve discovered about meditation – and practice in general – is that one of the best ways to deepen our practice is to share it. And I don’t mean just tell someone about it. I mean guide them in it.