The Sacred Pause & Other Readings

Per the request from some of the students who attended the 1/11/12 “Candlelight Yin & Restoratives” class, here are some of last evening’s readings:

“The pauses in our life make our experience full, and meaningful. The well known pianist Arthur Rubenstein was once asked – how do you handle the notes as well as you do? His response was immediate and passionate:
‘I handle the notes no better than many others – but the pauses – ah! That is where the art resides.’

Like a rest note in a musical score, the pure stillness of a pause forms the background that lets the foreground take shape with clarity and freshness. The moment that arises out of the pause, can, like the well sounded note reflect the genuineness, the wholeness, and the truth of who we are. In the midst of a pause, we are giving room and attention to the life that is constantly streaming through us. A life often habitually overlooked.” ~ from the book “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach

by Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for –
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world –
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant –
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these –
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

And from Noah Levine’s book, “Against the Stream”:

Loving Kindness Meditation~
“May I be happy.”
“May I be at peace.”
“May I be free from suffering.”

Appreciative Joy Meditation~
“May I learn to appreciate the happiness and joy I experience.”
“May the joy I experience continue and grow.”
“May I be filled with gratitude.”

Equanimity Meditation
“All beings are responsible for their own actions.”
“Suffering or happiness is created through one’s relationship to experience, not by experience itself.”
“The freedom or happiness of others is dependent on their actions, not on my wishes for them.”

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