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Dear Friends

Zohar Lavie is teaching on WorldwideInsight.orgthis Sunday 16th February. She’ll be leading a session titled: “The Wisdom of No Escape“.

Zohar has also written us a short Dharma reflection on the same theme. We hope you’ll find the reflection of benefit whether or not you’re able to attend Sunday’s session.

 
 
The meditation master Ajahn Chah would often begin his Dharma teachings by addressing the listeners as “my brothers and sisters in ageing, ill-health, and death.”

Take a moment to notice how reading that impacts you. There may be space and relief, there may be contraction or turning away. What happens when you open to the impact and remember to breathe? To ground in the body space?

Stay steady with whatever is arising right now.

Ageing, ill-health, and death are inescapable for all of us and yet not easy to face. As conscious beings, it’s important that we open to these truths of loss in ways that we can hear them.

As we continue this exploration, check in with what you need. Remember that you can return to breath, body or Metta practice at any point to re-gather, calm and rejuvenate the body, heart and mind.

When you’re feeling stable and ready, drop in Ajahn Chah’s greeting again, either out loud or silently: “brothers and sisters in ageing, ill-health, and death.”

Stay with whatever resonance or response arises. Feel it in the body, in the heart. Let yourself know it.

Repeat this several times, patiently, slowly and kindly. Be interested in what is revealed. Let yourself be surprised, if something unexpected shows itself.

What supports you to be spacious and grounded as you intentionally open?

Is there anything nourishing or beautiful that arises from these words?

In your practice this week, explore beginning each session with this contemplation. Notice what impact it has, and how the impact changes from day to day, moment to moment. You can also focus on only one part of the contemplation; ageing, or ill-health or death. Notice if the different aspects have a different resonance for you.

This is also something to include in your non-formal practice; as you pass by people or interact with them, drop in “brother/ sister in ageing, ill-health, and death” internally. How does this affect how you relate to others, or feel around them?

Zohar Lavie has been practicing meditation since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in the Insight meditation tradition in India, Europe and Israel. Her website is at www.zoharlavie.org
 
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The recording of last Sunday’s session with Stephen Fulder, “Welcoming the Beyond”, is now available.

 
Zohar Lavie

Sunday, Feb 16th
11am Pacific US 
2pm Eastern US
7pm UK
8pm Central Europe
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