Open Meditation

Sunday morning Open Meditation is an ongoing tradition at the Foundation of Light.  I’ve been attending for over ten years and have seen it go through various transitions–with a leader and leaderless, changing rooms and buildings.  But it has always been a welcoming group and a quiet space for people to meditate according to their own practice.  We welcome beginners and experienced meditators alike.

Our current structure is to begin and end with a silent meditation of 15 to 20 minutes each.  In between we take turns reading a text and discussing it.  The books we are reading lately tend to be written by contemporary Buddhist authors such as Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Ram Das, and others.  In our discussions, we relate what we read to our own lives and concerns.

We are currently reading HOW CAN I HELP? by Ram Das and Paul Gorman:  “Stories and reflections on service.”  Here’s a telling quote from a first-person narrative in the book:

“How can I keep my heart open and not go under?  I’ve got my own life to live, after all.  Still, I’d like to do more for others.  What do I have to offer, and what would help most?  Complicated business, all this.”

There was one time in my life when I desperately needed the peace and guidance found at Sunday morning meditations.  It was when my husband was suffering from Alzheimer’s and my role gradually changed from the wife of a man I knew well to the caregiver for a man who was disappearing before me.

Whatever brings you to Sunday morning open meditations, know that you will be welcomed with compassion and respect.

–Lynne Taetzsch