I’ve spent the past days here in Belgium, near the old town of Brugge, teaching at a festival called Yogaland. It’s been a great experience – after all these years teaching, it’s my first time teaching in Europe. It’s been a great refresher for me teaching to these big groups of people – most of whom I haven’t met before – and most of whom don’t speak English as their first language. So I have to speak more slowly and really think about my language. Also, Europeans are not swayed by bullshit the same way my typical countrymen are. So it’s been deep.
Next week I travel to my former home of New York City before heading up to teach my Five-Day Retreat at Omega Institute. In New York, I imagine most of the people I talk to will be very familiar to me. My Living Meditation Teacher Training graduates, my old students and clients and friends. But I feel like this trip to Europe has refreshed my message and my intention.
On Thursday night (8/25) I will be doing a special Living Meditation Evening. We are doing it at The Farm SoHo – a coworking space in NYC where mindful entrepreneurs and social change agents converge to accomplish their goals in a supporting environment with other wellness minded coworkers. I will lead some meditation, and also introduce some of the newly certified Living Meditation Teachers, and give a talk about Living Meditation.
I feel like before this trip here, I didn’t totally know what Living Meditation was. I mean, I could describe it and tell you how it’s different from TM or VM or Vipassana or whatever, but I didn’t have the kind of clarity I have right now.
Living Meditation’s mission is to serve humanity and unlock the innate magnificence of human beings.
No shit. As I reflected on it, I realized, I am not just a meditation geek or a spiritual path enthusiast. I love people. My mission in life is to serve people. If I were to discover that juggling, or boxing, or speaking Old Latin had the power to unlock the innate magnificence in people, I would be teaching that. But I haven’t discovered that. What I have experienced is that the teachings and practices, that have been passed to me through my teachers and through Grace itself, have that power. Walking this path does free people from suffering. It does show them who they are deep inside. It does direct them to find a way of living where they share their gifts and enjoy their existence at the highest level.