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Weekly Online Meditation Class
July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Power of Questioning
Teacher: Dawn Kim
A while ago, I decided to teach meditation. I started the preparation by asking myself what I wanted to teach. As I was brainstorming potential topics, I noticed subtle heaviness in my chest. I felt resistance to teach and underneath that resistance, there was fear. I did not feel that I had enough knowledge to teach and I doubted if my teaching had any value to anyone.
So I asked myself why I even wanted to teach in the first place. After giving out some textbook answers, I had two answers that came from my heart – I enjoyed creativity in teaching and preparation for teaching has empowered my own practice. So it was clear that my teaching was at least benefiting me.
Once I had these answers, I noticed my posture loosened up and I felt energy was flowing again in my body. I was at ease.
“Asking and looking deeply” is an old method in Buddhist practice. It’s different from critical thinking or any logical question/answer method. In my experience, the main difference is, you are not looking for an answer, especially the right answer. You ask and let the answer arise or you simply sit with the question. Sometimes, answers come up right away, sometimes it takes some time, and other times, you may need to ask the same question again and again.
When you feel your body relaxing and your mind calming down with clarity, that can be an answer. Sometimes, there is no answer, and looking while resting with the question in your heart can be your practice. This is a powerful practice because you are not letting your reactive pattern answer the question for you and move to the conclusion quickly. Not knowing is quite uncomfortable for most of us, so staying there without knowing the answer can be challenging. But it’s great practice if you are willing to try.
So, would you like to sit and ask some questions to your heart?
Please join me in our Zoom channel to practice and support each other as a community. The session will consist of guided meditation, teaching and group sharing.
To use phone audio: 647-558-0588, Meeting ID: 416 424 2424, Password: 4242
This is a free event.
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