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“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” ― Dogen
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Hi, <<First Name>>. Happy New Year!  We hope that you are bringing in 2021 safely and with ease.  It's nearly impossible to welcome the New Year without any thought of what we would like the year ahead to look like, even after closing out years that weren't as challenging as 2020.  It's natural for us to want to use the start of the new year as an opportunity to mark a fresh start, to reflect on what worked for us in the past year, what didn't, what self care practices we want to continue to use to anchor ourselves, and what we need to let go of in the new year.  As we are constantly bombarded with the messaging that we are not enough, we must be careful that our reflections on any changes we may want to implement are grounded in self-love and self-acceptance, with understanding that everything we seek is already within us.  Read more below in this month's article on Goalless Practice.

Online Meditation will continue to be hosted by SEBC every Wednesday in January  Turn your meditation practice into a routine! The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all January sessions.
 
In this month's newsletter, you'll find links to other online events and resources as well as the link to a donation-based guided meditation to help ground us as we approach the election.  Additional information about SEBC - and more resources - can be found on our website and Facebook.

We at SEBC affirm our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and interconnection. If you'd like to chat, have ideas for the community, want to help, etc., please let us know - we'd love to hear from you! And if you haven't joined us in a while (or ever), we'd love to see you (feel free to attend meetings as regularly or as infrequently as you'd like)! May we stand stronger as Beloved Community through our Dharma practice and understanding, and in our larger society as a whole. Let's keep the Dharma wheel turning!

Much metta,
Your friends at SEBC
 
Online Meditation Sessions
Our monthly meditation sessions will meet each Wednesday in January; however, due to the need for greater precautions with COVID-19, we will meet online through Zoom. Our recommendation is to have the video on whenever possible, to allow a greater degree of connection during the meetings. OPEN TO ALL & FREE TO ATTEND!!

**Our monthly meditation sessions are now meeting every week!**

* Wednesday, January 6th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, January 13th, 7 - 8pm
Additional sessions:
* Wednesday, January 20th , 7 - 8pm 
* Wednesday, January 27th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for all December sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85683467770?pwd=YmxrWVJ6dHJpekN5dlRvWXBPeU5Tdz09

Meeting ID: 856 8346 7770
Passcode: 661686
  • To dial with phone by your location, find your local number here.
  • Click here for information on how to join a Zoom meeting.
ALL levels of meditators are welcome to attend, including those with no previous experience; however, we encourage people to “bring your own practice.”  We're a practice group of fellow travelers, not teachers. 

Note: Click here for more info on our Wednesday meditation sessions.

Other Online Events & Resources

* Socially Engaged Buddhism (SEBC) - "We encourage you to visit our resource list on Socially Engaged Buddhism and we invite your participation, perspectives, and solidarity, as together we undertake the hard work necessary for transformation." 

* Dharma Seed - "an online resource dedicated to making the Buddhist teachings of Insight Meditation and associated practices available to all. Our intention is to be a support for meditation teachers, their communities, students and meditation practitioners, and to provide access to the teachings to those who might not otherwise have access to them."

* Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC - "For more than 40 years, Southern Dharma Retreat Center (SDRC) has offered affordable, teacher-led retreats with a unifying thread of meditation, contemplation, and silence. SDRC continues its tradition of excellence as the preeminent meditation retreat center in the southeast and is historically ranked top 10 nationally."

* Atlanta Buddhism.org - "Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19), all people are encouraged to stay home whenever possible, and help stop the spread. We have compiled this list of groups that are now meeting virtually." 
Monthly Article: Goalless Practice: To Learn How to Be Truly Content Here, You Have to Practice Being Truly Content Here
 – “We are deeply committed to the idea that for something to be worth doing, it needs to produce results. More than that, it needs to produce the results we desire. The diet that made me deny myself all those delicious desserts had better help me shed 20 pounds! And that meditation for which I had to give up all the time I could have spent playing video games or hanging out with friends had better fix what’s wrong in my life and bring me profound peace and contentment!"

-"The problem is that goal-seeking activity is always the enemy of real peace and contentment. The idea that what is here and now is less valuable than what’s over there just past the finish line prevents us from ever being truly content and happy right where we are."


~Brad Warner Goalless Practice: To Learn How to Be Truly Content Here, You Have to Practice Being Truly Content Here
 
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