At our last meeting we all had plenty to say about relationships and the things that block us from being fully present to the joy in them. Anxieties and fears, anger, expectations, and grief; any of these feelings can make it hard to fully connect. So what do we do? What can lift us out of this conflict within ourselves?
This week, we will talk about one of the most powerful tools we can wield in our efforts to bridge the gap: compassion. There is not one among us who does not need it. This is true whether we are shining it on others or they are offering this shelter to us. Compassion can move us to an interior place that we’ve never visited before, opening up a door within that leads us to a higher experience of our own humanity. Love and compassion are very nearly twins. They arise freely and are given spontaneously- without expectation of something in return. Compassion is not a burden or something you have to add to your schedule. It heals both the giver and the receiver, freeing up space for the joy we unwittingly hold at bay. Let’s unearth this innate part of our human spirits together.
This next meeting, the Yellow Group will do set-up, clean-up, and provide food. One of your group members will contact you soon via email with details. Set-up starts at 8:45.
During the month of May, our little ones will get to dig into the topic of “gardening” in the Children’s Program. It’s never too early to grow a green thumb!
As a gentle reminder to those who are interested, a donation basket will be out again for people who would like to contribute to the purchase of some small gifts of appreciation for our fabulous caregivers. Thank you!
What Are You Doing With Your One Wild and Precious Life?It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion towards others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others. -Unknown Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein Compassion is not religious business, it is human business. It is not luxury. It is essential for our own peace and mental stability. It is essential for human survival. -Dalai Lama