Available for Connection

Edward Brown

Saturday, October 29, with Edward Brown, 1:00pm-3:30pm ET, $50
on Zoom

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness.  Some momentary awareness shows up as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all, even if it’s a crowd of sorrows come to violently sweep your house empty of its furniture.

Still treat each guest honorably—he may be clearing you out for some new delight.

from The Guesthouse – Rumi

As human beings, we all share a deep longing for connection—and often a penetrating sorrow at the lack of it.

Implicitly we realize that connection—the meeting of self and other—could be hurtful, so despite our great longing for connection, we often pull back from it to avoid the pain.

Shouldn’t it be possible to have connection—and maintain safety? On one hand this turns out to be wishful thinking—since vulnerability is the basis for genuine connection. On the other hand we could choose to study being available for connection and how to go about it. Healthy boundaries for one!

In the context of sitting meditation, chi gong, talks and interactions we’ll look at what it means to be available for connection, and how our usual habits of mind often interfere with our capacity to connect.

 We’ll take time for self-compassion and for Feeding Our Demons.  You are welcome to join this workshop!

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