December Focus of the Month

On Becoming a Bohdisattva – Taking Care of Each Other

As my friend Hope Hall said upon her return to the USA, “Now: Home where we will take care of each other in the face of such wild aggression.” It is a wild time right now in this world; every day there is news that is disturbing, divisive, depressing. And still, we are here, living and breathing.

How do we take care of each other? In Buddhism, the qualities of generosity, patience, effort, and wisdom are given as practices to perfect, as part of becoming a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva is not a god or a deity, but a dedication to living that we can all aspire to; a dedication to assisting all beings in the pursuit of liberation. One doesn’t have to take a formal vow to live this model, but simply act with the good of others foremost in the mind.

We live in a global community, and starting right here at home, we can come together, pool our resources, step in when needed, lend a hand, and work for the common good.

This month at the studio, we’ll set a couple of modest goals:
1. Collect food for the food pantry
2. Take donations for a local organization focused on social justice.

So moving away from a territorialistic mode of operating, which can arise in the face of uncertainty and fear, we’ll open to the world we are living in. It is a great responsibility, an awesome responsibility, but we’ll do it together, surely making more of a difference than we could ever do alone.

Meditations for Healing

Many of us suffer from chronic pain, whether it’s from arthritis, joint pain, injury or illness. Narcotics are often prescribed, and while they can help considerably, many patients either don’t want to take opiates, or if they do, they feel that they can’t function as well.

Meditation is gaining recognition every day as a way to work with pain – researchers have examined meditation’s effects on people, such as attention regulation, body awareness, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction.

Scientists have asked two questions: “Does meditation help?” and “How does meditation help?” One study showed an approximately 40 percent reduction in pain intensity ratings during meditation when compared with non-meditation. And that it worked for beginners.

Meditation teaches people how to react to pain. People are less inclined to have the ‘ouch’ reaction, and are able to control their emotional reaction to pain.

We are offering these meditations to you to use when you need guidance to reduce stress and pain. There are many forms of stress that can be soothed, including such things as a busy schedule, exhaustion, or agitation.

These meditations were written by Stephen Levine, and read by Sondra Loring. Our dear musician friend, Steve Gorn, plays the music. For more from Steve, visit his website:

In loving memory of Metta Callahan

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Satya Gift CertificateGift certificates for yoga classes are now available to purchase online and at the studio!

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