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    • Thank you for sharing this very thoughtful reflection, Daniel. Your care and capacity for honest reflection are always evidenced in your posts. This is one of many important and polarizing discussions of the times we are living in and I think it is so beautiful that you are taking time to explore your inner workings. We need more of this across this board. It's also a great example of softening as opposed to abandoning. Thank you again for sharing 🙂
    • Hi Gillian, I think making space around the views of others, with a softening of our “usual” thoughts and reactions is an excellent strategy,  I recently was in a conversation where a heterosexual couple was showing acceptance that  drag queens be permitted to read stories at public libraries dressed in the costume of the female characters in the book they read to young children. The couple I am referencing have no children. I listened and reflected . I must say nothing has challenged my views so directly as this situation did. Oftentimes the children at story time are under 5 years of age. From my background in child protection and doing therapy with child abuse victims Every red flag in the world arose in me! I was forced internally to evaluate every single reason they arose . I simply said that if I were not aware of multiple factors relating to a particular drag queen as a person or without exploring more about the impact of a drag queen in costume on a child in my care, I would not attend such an event. Since then I have continued to evaluate the red flags and what the reasons are for having them. In my heart I can  more deeply understand that enacting the female role in a children’s book could feel wonderful  to the drag queen. That, so far, is the most softening space I have been able to develop. I am glad I made it that far. I will continue to look at the issue deeply and I am glad for the opportunity I have to consider all sides. Daniel
    • I came across this thread again and the title of it struck me in a new way. While I still very much appreciate the original quote that inspired the conversation, I think an alternative way to approach this would be to 'make space' around our views. To abandon something almost feels forceful - like we're pushing something away. It could be a matter of semantics, and we all relate to words differently, but I think I like the idea of making space... of softening... of seeing what else might be true or possible or more whole. What are your thoughts on that?
    • Is this one of your paintings @Jhana? It is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us here. Have you seen our forum on creative arts and mindfulness? You might enjoy the thread:   
    • The question today was what have I brought into the world. I am quite creative and have earned my living through creating artwork and jewellery. As each piece is made with love, I believe each piece is imbued with that love.  Many of my customers recognise that. And after many years I still feel honoured that people appreciate those efforts. Namaste 🙏 
    • I think this is so common. When I lead meditation, I often remind people that our experience of a certain practice can change from day to day, moment to moment. There are usually many factors that influence how we relate to meditation (both conscious and unconscious).  I'm curious if you've had a chance to join our group meditations live? These aren't silent meditations but thought I'd share in any case 🙂 I lead a weekly practice on Thursdays at 9am Pacific and our colleague Sara-Mai leads one on Mondays at 8am Pacific - https://www.youtube.com/c/Mindfulnessexercisesfree/live (I will be going on maternity leave beginning/mid-August though, so I will take some time off from then onwards/not leading the Thursday sessions)
    • Sometimes I can sit for a good half hour, with barely  a distraction and other times only 5 or 10 minutes. There seem to be so many factors ruling my level if focus, both internal and e ternary. Certainly meditating in a group helps. 
    • I came across this question again and it got me thinking more reflectively. This question brings something up for me that is hard to put into words. I want to say that what comes up is the call to 'truth', but I recognize that truth can mean many things. Do we mean one's own subjective truth or a broader, universal truth? I guess in either case, I am driven by truth, wanting to commit myself again and again to uncovering truth, even when it feels difficult or uncomfortable. Even if it is a personal truth that changes. I guess I want to honour both truths of our subjective experience and deeper truths.
    • Thanks for sharing this reflection, Jhana! It's a really great question you've posed and a wonderful opportunity for self-inquiry. I think we can rely on just about anything 'too much' - and I do think it's important to change up our practice from time to time to explore how we do with different things. If silent meditation is challenging, I think it's typically helpful to start with shorter practices, even just five minutes at a time. In the same way that we build our capacity to sit with guided meditations, we can build our capacity to sit in silence - 'self-guiding' so to speak. Does this insight help? What comes up for you?
    • For those needing a mini retreat, you might like this guided meditation I led called 'Retreat Within'. It's so helpful to remember that we can retreat even through single practices - even for just a moment.   
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