“Everyone is gifted–but some people never open up their packages.” This quote, attributed to everyone from Anonymous to the late great rocker Kurt Cobain, points to the truth that just by being given a body and senses, that just by being given this brief and precious life, we have a unique perspective to explore and share. What does it take to open up this gift? When the wild hermit Bahiya asked the Buddha for the key to inner freedom and true wisdom, the Buddha said: “When seeing, just see; when knowing, just know; when thinking, just think.” If any of you happen to be in or near Westchester tomorrow, November 5, from 10 to 1 pm–OR on Tuesday evening, November 16, from 7 to 9:30 pm, a group of us will gather together to enjoy returning to our senses. Our sensations and perceptions give rise to thoughts and sometimes real insights. Long ago sights and smells and sounds can carry deep feelings and rich healing and transforming meanings. Sometimes they just need a bit of space to come through.
I’ve led similar groups before and it’s been a joy, like warming and cheering ourselves around a campfire. How good it can be to peel ourselves away from the computer and smart phone from time to time and plug in to the vast mysterious web of our own experience and our own stories. No fee (though donations are welcome!) And, even more importantly, NO FEAR. No one needs to read out loud to enjoy being together for a few hours, just seeing, listening, remembering, knowing what a gift it is to be alive.
Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester County Center, 196 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606. Call 914-606-7500 to reserve a seat for either session.