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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>>. I hope that you are finding both time and ease on your cushion as we welcome November. But what if you find yourself resistant to taking the time to meditate, or if you manage to get to your cushion, you find yourself fidgeting or frustrated, unable to settle? 

Llama Palden Drolma tells us, "Many times we don’t even know why a part of us doesn’t want to meditate. Underneath these thoughts and feelings is often fear of some kind... One lama I know says, 'You might as well just put out two cushions for your meditation sessions—one for you and one for your resistance. It will accompany you a lot of the time.' That is, it’s important to acknowledge any resistance: Give it some space, and move on with the meditation."

Can we practice acknowledging our resistance, noting where it's felt in the body, and then deciding to "just sit" anyway?

In this month's newsletter you'll find a link to an article about exploring resistance you may be feeling towards your practice as well as links to online events and additional information about SEBC.  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
 
Meditation Schedule 
The Zoom link for both November sessions is below. Please note, when joining the meeting, you may need to manually enter the meeting ID and password – the direct link sometimes creates issues. 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!!

* Virtual: Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, November 9th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday sessions:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86703142001?pwd=N2xGNDcrMzlzek02c0FVRC93SGJxZz09

Meeting ID: 867 0314 2001
Passcode: 004721

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

*Windhorse Zen Community - The Windhorse Zen community located in Asheville, NC offers both in person and Zoom opportunities to meditate and chant as well as in person retreats in the beautiful NC mountains.

*Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center - "You are invited to join us on Zoom for our  Online Mindfulness Practice Session on Thursdays with Magnolia Grove Monastics. Different monastics will facilitate the practice session. Format will vary each time."

* 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 - "We have compiled this list of groups that are now meeting virtually." 
Monthly Article: "Ask a Teacher: Has it been a while since you meditated?"

 – "As Buddhists, we often cherish an aspirational view of ourselves. We imagine ourselves sitting on a meditation cushion every day, focusing our minds and developing wisdom and compassion, without any hesitation or distraction. It’s a wonderfully seductive image that is very easy to get attached to." 
 – "The first step is to let go of unrealistic expectations and have an authentic relationship with meditation. In any relationship, there are ups and downs. Sometimes we love meditation, sometimes we’re frustrated and wonder why we’re even bothering." 
 

~From "Ask a Teacher: Has it been a while since you meditated?" by Mindy Newman
 
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