Worrying is part of the human condition. It seems to be increasing in our complex, complicated, divisive world and the speed of change has increased so dramatically it leaves us feeling stressed. How can we survive in this world, let alone thrive, when worry seems to be all around us and in us? Well, first get it know it better. You might say, ‘I don’t need to know anything more about my worrying, thank you very much. I just want it to go away!’ I thought that too.
Someone who felt the need for a meditation practice recently got in touch with One Mindful Breath and, after taking part in a Monday evening online meditation session, said ‘I’ve had a look through your website and its great. Just what I’m looking for. So good I went through it all again looking for the catch. There has to be a catch, I thought. But I couldn’t find it. So where is the catch?’
I came to meditation hoping it might ease my nagging sense of unsatisfactoriness. I did initially experience a few moments of ease. However, as I continued to practice, the difficulties remained and often most visibly during meditation. As a result, I mistakenly lost faith in the practice and sought relief through other means.
This study course has been built around recordings of talks given by Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon, and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in the USA. Starting on 28 Feb and ending on 26 Sept 2018, each study session will take place during the One Mindful Breath session on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
We’re all born equipped with the evolutionary factors of greed, hatred and delusion, which have helped us survive and thrive as a species – but they’re counterproductive now. That’s not the end of the list of evolutionary factors that once helped us, but now hinder us. Another is our craving for certitude, writes Winton Higgins.
The tide of xenophobia, misogyny, prejudice and callousness towards ‘the Other’ is rising. This is the politics of indecency, so how do we create a sea wall that will turn it back? How do we respond forcefully with a politics of decency? What sort of communities and civil society do we want to build? How can we flourish as humans, living in harmony with each other and with nature, asks Winton Higgins?
In March 2017, Tim Clark presented his clear and elegant model of mindfulness – Wake Up First, You Make Better Choices. He was engaging: charming, humorous and wise. Tim earned a round of applause (rare in our group), and we have invited him back to lead his mindfulness seminar, writes Derek LeDayn.
Australian secular Buddhist teacher Winton Higgins will be in Wellington from 23–30 April, 2017. On Wednesday 26 April, he will give a talk to One Mindful Breath at the Friends Centre in Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria, and he will also lead an all-day secular Buddhist workshop on Saturday 29 April at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay.