I want to celebrate the women who have helped me in my path. Of course there have been many men too and I want to respect them, but I feel the women often occupy less space. Many of the women who have inspired me are practitioners rather than writers, and respect and thanks to all my teachers, but here are some that have written books. The mindfulness writers are at the top and the Buddhist are further along the list:
Vidyamala Burch (with D.Penman) Mindfulness for Health
Sharon Salzberg Loving Kindness
Kristine Neff Self Compassion
Joanna Macy Active Hope
Pema Chodron Start Where You Are
Tara Brach Radical Acceptance
Charlotte Joko Beck Nothing Special – Living Zen
Tsultrim Allione Feeding Your Demons
Sister Chan Khong Learning True Peace:Practicing Buddhism in a Time of War
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Into the Heart of Life
Well tomorrow is Valentine’s day, and i could be a little cynical, does love get measured out in how much you spend on roses and how hard is it to be alone? But the world needs more love and kindness and care.
Maybe tomorrow is a good day for practicing random acts of kindness and small appreciations for good things in the world.
And look what I found!
Today I went to a Feldenkrais workshop. I am really interested in awareness of body and movement. I guess partly from a personal perspective. Mindful awareness has really shown me how I have been almost unaware of my body for much of my life. I remember for examplenot feeling cold until I was suddenly freezing.
If you don’t know the Feldenkrais method look at this article. I am learning about how I hold emotion, tension , excitement, tiredness … in my body. As Moshe Feldenkrais who developed the method says in his book Awareness Through Movement:
“In order to think, for instance, a person must be awake, and know that he is awake and not dreaming; that is, he must sense and discern his physical position relative to the field of gravity. It follows that movement, sensing, and feeling are also involved in thinking.”
He goes on to say that to sense we must move, feel and think. All are interrelated. I think we tend to forget or dismiss the moving.
Well I offered to do something at Trading Love in Hanley. sounds like an interesting event, and I thought Trading Love sounds like a contradiction. Surely love is boundless. You cant parcel it up and swap it for something.
This led to thinking about Joanna Macy – widening the circle We cant just end loving with our nearest and dearest.
It moves so seamlessly into Loving Kindness meditation. I chose to offer this from Christopher Germer : Loving Kindness for Beginners.
Today the sky was clear and cold. The light was bright. It feels good to be alive.
Savour the day