Day 2

Dear One,

We had such a beautiful Opening Ceremony last night. I loved being with the Sedona community of meditators and friends. And I thought of you and all the other people embarking on the Feast. This is my fourth Feast for the Soul. Somehow this one feels different. I feel more sincere, more committed, more connected to my practice, and to you. You can watch the virtual opening ceremony here.

This poem is by John O'Dohohue, and during the ceremony we honored him and all modern mystics who are inspired by the direct experience of grace. I hope you enjoy it too.

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This is a time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Here's to peace on this planet,

Sarah

Sarah McLean
Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona
Meditation for Day 2
Feast favorite teacher, Anam Thubten, offers a variety of meditations. The Tibetan Buddhist Teacher often uses an invocation to open and close his meditations:

“Buddham sharanam gacchami. Dhammam sharanam gacchami. Sangham sharanam gacchami.”

I go to the Buddha for refuge. I go to the teachings for refuge. I go to the community for refuge.

“Om gate gate paragate. Parasamgate bodhi svaha.”

Gone, Gone, Gone beyond. Gone completely beyond, awake, so be it. Listen here.
Meditation Tip & Living the Feast
Meister Eckhart was a 13th Century German theologian, philosopher, and mystic. In this quote, he gives good advice for meditation and for starting your day.

It's essential to meet each meditation with a beginner's mind. In fact, by doing so, you allow the gentle and spontaneous unfoldment of your awareness.

When you stop trying to control the spontaneous and you accept how your interior world is while in meditation, you embark on the perfect training for a life of openness. A life of wonder and beauty.

Some say the beginner is the smartest person in the room.
Today, abandon your views about how your meditation is going, when you are not meditating and are walking in the world, abandon your assumptions as to what should be happening, or how people should be acting. See everyone and everything as they are and relieve yourself of your "I know mind." Relieve yourself and others of judgement.