This week we explore how we can cultivate a compassionate relationship with fear. Excessive fear or worry can impair our physical immunity to disease, and lead to mental health problems. Compassion delves directly into the nature of fear to understand what is needed, and responds to alleviate suffering. "What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it." Jiddu Krishnamurti.
There is guided and silent meditation time, group walking meditation, a sharing circle, and a Dharma talk. Please note that the silent meditation time was automatically edited and shortened by the recorder. This will be fixed in future recordings. For this session I suggest pausing and setting a timer so you can extend the silent period to your preferred length.
This podcast has guided meditation and a Dharma talk on faith. Following the dharma means following the path of embracing doubt and uncertainty. The middle way is the path that each of us takes to find the truth. In eschewing extremes it is a very personal path and at the same time it is a universal path. Faith is in the process of direct experiential discovery of our true nature; it is not in any particular belief system. I am less interested in being a Buddhist or Christian or Muslim and more interested in becoming more loving and free.