LA Insights

Musings of the InsightLA teachers

LA Insights

rss

Musings of InsightLA teachers


Going Deep
Going Deep

Today is the solstice, the first day of winter, when Earth’s axis tilts the Northern Hemisphere farthest from the sun’s warmth. It’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year. This year a full moon (called the Cold Moon, or the Long Night Moon, by Native Americans) coincides with the solstice, along with the Ursid meteor shower. After all the holiday celebrations, winter is a time to to drop under the busy surface of everyday life and ask, what is most important? Who or what most inspires me to go deep?

And what does that even mean? Commit to daily meditation? Do a retreat? Come to community sits (meditation sessions) and events to explore practice together? To me, going deep means questioning whatever holds me back from experiencing wisdom and love. It means remembering the dimension of timeless mystery, the ever-present mystery of nowthat is always here, waiting for me to look beyond habitual, conditioned seeing.

For you, going deep may be imagining you’re sitting on a star looking down, envisioning your life from the perspective of vast compassion. It could be serving in a profound way that takes you out of your separate self to identify with something far bigger. It might be devoting this time to creating more balance and harmony in your life, withdrawing from relationships and activities that don’t nourish your spirit to refocus on understanding where your heart wants to go. It can be reflecting on the deepest teachings you’ve encountered, like this from Nisargadatta Maharaj:

“Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows.”  

May this holiday bring you gifts of joy to light up your heart and home. 

With infinite love and gratitude for your practice and generosity,

Trudy

 

A Note From Celeste Young:
A Note From Celeste Young:

This is special time of year for me. When I was 17 I found the Dharma, and I often joke that because of my inner and outer turmoil and suffering I was highly motivated to practice. The truth is that's not a joke at all. There's a Buddhist phrase "practice like your hair's on fire." This expresses a sense of spiritual urgency. I related to this very much, and for me it was like my heart was on fire. 

The Dharma was truly my life, my path. I didn't feel I had a choice. 10 years ago I moved to LA on a whim and met Trudy Goodman and found InsightLA before we had a center. It was a very different time for meditation in Los Angeles and I marvel at how things have grown. I have been teaching mindfulness and the Dharma since 2011 when Trudy heard me give a 10 minute Dana talk (a talk requesting support for the center and teachings) at the end of one of her evening teachings. She pulled me aside afterwards and asked me to join her first teaching cohort at InsightLA. Later on, I was honored to begin subbing for her Sunday mornings when she was away. 

That year a few of my senior colleagues were given teacher authorization in the Theravada tradition in a beautiful ceremony with Trudy, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, and then one year ago, myself and several of my colleagues at InsightLA were given our own powerful teacher authorization ceremony with Trudy and Jack. We also celebrated friends and colleagues who had graduated from the Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher training and three others dear to me who are in the current training cohort with Dharma friends and colleagues I've practiced with for many years. 

This past Tuesday was the buddhist holiday called Vesak, honoring the Buddha's birth and enlightenment, and the one year anniversary of my authorization. I want to share my gratitude for the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, and for all my teachers. The transformation of my heart and mind is beyond words that can be expressed here. I feel so fortunate to live aligned with what matters so deeply to me and to share that with people. My only wish is to be able to pass on a fraction of what I've received. 

Love, Celeste

P.S. In August, I'm leading a 6 night night silent meditation retreat in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, located in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This region is gorgeous and known for its tranquil and peaceful energy. If this is something you might be interested in learning more about click HERE


Tags

A Note From a note from cayce howe buddhism india meditation mindfulness NFT Pets Can Teach Us pilgrimage presence retreat 2018 2019 A Note A Note From A Note From Angelike Dexter A Note From Christiane Wolf A Note From Jack Kornfield A Note From Trudy Aggression ANF ANFM ANFT Angelike Angelike Dexter Annual Fundraiser ANoteFrom Anotefromchristianewolf anotefromjackkornfield ANoteFromTrudy Anxiety Are We Rich ashram Awakening Awakening Love awakeninglove Bhikkhu Bodhi Book buddha Buddhism Buddhist Holiday Building Building a Society of Love buildingasocietyoflove cayce howe Celeste Young Change Christiane Wolf Clearly compassion Conversations Courage Dalai Lama Deep Diana Gould Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Dream East East Hollywood East Side Find The Stillness Fire Ford Friends Friendship frustration Fundraiser Gavin George George Mumford Giving Thanks Giving Thanks in Time of Fire givingtuesday Goals Going Going Deep Granada Gratitude Happy Holidays Happy New Year Holiday Holidays InsightLA InsightLA East Hollywood InsightLA East Side Opening Insights of a Peacock insightsofapeacock irritation Jack Kornfield JackKornfield Keep Keep Going Learning Learning From Courage Life Life Is But A Dream Light Lisa Kring London Love Martin Martin Vitorino Meditation Melrose Michael Michael Stroud mindful mindful awareness mindfulness Mindfulness in Parliament Mountain Mumford New Location New Year New Years Newsletter NFT Noble Noble Friends and Conversations Note Note From Note From Trudy NoteFromTrudy One Family One Mountain Our Friend George ourfriendgeorge pain Parliament Peacock Pets Phillip Moffit Remember Remember? Resolution Resolutions Retreat Rich Ron Ames Seasons Seasons of Change SeasonsOfChange Secular Seeing Clearly Self-Improvement Shana Tova Sharon Salzberg Sleep Sloth and Torpor Society Solstice Spain Spiritual Spiritual Friendship Stillness Thanks The Book of Life The Life of This Moment The Light The Light of Seeing Clearly The Subtle Aggression of Self-Improvement thebookoflife thelifeofthismoment Time Time of Fire Trudy Trudy Goodman Two Peaks Two Peaks - One Mountain Ven Ayya Tathaaloka Vesak We Rich Welcome Welcome to InsightLA East Hollywood What Pets Can Teach Us Winter Winter Solstice Wisdom Wise Wise Society