At last week’s meeting, Bev talked about how we all come into this world with a True Self; an essential nature. As we develop and react to experiences and the expectations of others, we necessarily build up “space suits” (our personality and ego). With that protective layering, innate gifts and even an inherent sense of goodness can become masked or distorted by such issues as perfectionism and addiction. As part of the journey, we can gently shine the lantern of compassion on our own vulnerabilities and reconnect with our essential nature, and this in turn will radiate out to those we love. Bev shared this story, told by Pema Chodron:
A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, “The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed.”
This story speaks to how we can limit ourselves by feeding the wrong wolf; the one that keeps us insulated and isolated. Click here for Bev’s questions for further reflection.
Need Childcare for the October 17 Meeting?
Bainbridge Island Schools have conferences on October 17, which is our next meeting date. If you can, please let our childcare coordinator, Lisa Kastner (lisakastner at hotmail dot com) know if you are planning to bring your school-aged children to the meeting so she can get a head count as we may have more children than usual!
To register for Mom’s Morning Retreat, simply print out a Mom’s Morning Registration form and mail it in, or fill one out at the next meeting. Registration is ongoing and friends are always welcome to come for a complementary visit to check us out! We are always excited to have newcomers join at any time during the year.
Thank you and have a great week!