In case you’ve been missing our Tuesday night meditation group (or, you haven’t come yet!?!), I’m posting some highlights here on the blog. Our sessions usually start with introductions, a meditation practice, and then a discussion on a topic of interest related to meditation or wisdom/philosophy. Sometimes it’s mostly group discussion, sometimes I give an overview of a subject, and other times we listen to recorded talks by master teachers to illuminate the subject matter.

We had such an insightful and stimulating conversation this week on the topic of HOPE. After our sitting practice, we listened to a talk by Insight Meditation teacher Tara Brach called “How Hope Can Heal and Free Us (Part 1).” I highly recommend giving it a listen!

Her wise teaching and warm stories reminded us of how incredibly important hope is. We can’t live without it. Without hope, we fall into apathy, disengagement, and depression. A wise and mature form of hope involves having aspiration, trusting possibility, and engaging to bring our hopes into reality.

And, it inspired us to consider: How do we discern between this healthy, life-affirming hope and false, unrealistic, or egoic hope that keeps us trapped in negative patterns? Another question was: “Is there always risk involved with hope?”

Hope seems like an excellent topic for the transition into a New Year, as we reflect on all that’s happened, where we are now, and where we’re heading.

Join us next week, and we’ll continue with Part 2 of Tara Brach’s talk, as well as our own exploration of what it means to cultivate hope alongside clear-seeing and non-attachment.

Happy Holidays!

Addie deHilster, E-RYT 500, is an experienced yoga teacher and Co-Owner of Spiral Path Yoga Center. She teaches several yoga and meditation classes a week here, and leads the studio’s Teacher Training and Certification program, as well as Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings.

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