Here is a beautiful mindfulness teaching presented by facilitator Suzanne Weiss recently to the Morning Meditation group that meets daily on zoom, and in person on Tuesdays at Nevei Kodesh and Thursdays at the Boulder JCC from 9 to 9:30 a.m. All are free to join, no meditation experience necessary, only curiosity!
Welcome everybody. I invite you to take your seat of dignity and worthiness. Today I have a quote from “The Choice” by Edith Eger. Edith Eger is a survivor of Auschwitz and she went on to become a psychologist specializing in PTSD. Here is the quote:
“Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength. When we seek revenge, even non-violent revenge, we are revolving, not evolving. Here you are! In the sacred present. I can’t heal you—or anyone—but I can celebrate your choice to dismantle the prison in your mind, brick by brick. You can’t change what happened, you can’t change what you did or what was done to you. But you can choose how you live now. My precious, you can choose to be free. The only place where we can exercise our freedom of choice is in the present.”
For myself, sometimes it feels challenging to dismantle the prison, because it can feel challenging to direct the kindness towards myself. And it may be difficult for everyone at times.
We may feel like we have too much anxiety, or we have too much shame, or too much trauma. Or we may feel like, “I have no idea what Suzanne is even talking about right now.” You might feel like, “I don’t get it. Maybe this is for other people. Maybe I just don’t get it.”
But all of those things amazingly, are thoughts. Those are all thoughts. And the peace, the freedom, whatever you want to call it, the Presence or God, is what Edith Eager is pointing towards. It is deeper than any thought, and it’s undiminished, untarnished by any thought.
So I invite you to close your eyes. Just notice the way we’re being carried. Notice the earth carrying you, and see if you can let yourself relax even the slightest bit into that. Notice the way you’re being breathed. And just allow yourself to be breathed. You don’t need to change your breath or fix it. You don’t need to change yourself, or fix yourself, or control anything, or make yourself better. None of that. We are shifting away from those thoughts, and we’re shifting into the breath, into the heart.
So just allow your breath to invite you into your body, into just being. You are here. Hineni! You are here. In your breath. In your body, in your sensations, without words or concepts or language. Let yourself rest!
Hineni. You can make the sacred choice to embrace what is here. Let the breath, lead you into your body.
Let’s sit quietly together for 18 minutes.