Hello Everyone, from the lush rainforest in Australia, where once a month I sit in a circle of women studying meditation and Buddhism.
This month was the last meeting for the year, and our wise crone leader
Yoda Carol chose to reflect on friendship for her talk, or ‘Admirable Camaraderie’ as Buddha called it.
She’s lived in the same intentional community hidden in the hills for nearly 50 years, having been one of the founding members. She’s travelled the world, facilitating conflict resolution for all kinds of humans, from big corporations down to divorcing families… so her wisdoms come from plenty of lived experience as well as her decades of Buddhist meditation and study.
She asked us a simple question, which I’m going to ask you:
“Do you always call, or are you always being called?”
Buddha talked of cultivating friendships, to offer and receive full kinship, as one of the most effective paths to Loving Kindness.
So when did you last reach out to someone, in these strange times of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and general COVID weirdness?
Who would benefit from a call from you today?
I do often call friends for a chat; my Dad used to do the same. And I’m usually delighted when someone unexpectedly rings me; I can feel my heart glowing for ages afterwards.
Buddha also urged us to ‘celebrate the good.’ To really allow feelings of joy and connection to sink through our bodies, which is how I feel when I open the Zoom link to the monthly meetings.
So let’s experiment: who can you reach out to? How did they react? And how did you feel afterwards? Pay attention to your body and its feedback, then comment below!
Thank YOU for being here, for reading and caring.
In gratitude for meditation, mobiles, & my circle of friends, G xO