For the past month I’ve desired sending out reminders to you all about our Holy Tuesday sittings. I love Holy Tuesday. It’s a day that Vipassana New World made up to meditate together and share our respects, and it's every 2nd Tuesday.
On this day, we call into a central phone number at 5:30am, 6:30am, and 6:30pm PST and meditate Vipassana together. At a deeper level, it’s not only our own healing that is taking place, it is giving our deepest respects to Life during this day; giving our respect to Vipassana, to Vipassana Instructors around the world, to the healing energy that comes over and washes us clean, and to the way life works. It is about honoring "God".
On Holy Tuesdays I like wearing my best Spiritual outfits; one’s which lift up my heart in praise of the Divine. It’s like the Sabbath for Christians and Jews. It's a day of rest.
It’s not that I don’t do anything on Holy Tuesday.. in fact, I wake up earlier than any other weekday, and I have coaching sessions lined up for Holy Tuesday, just like any other day. Only on this day, a few times are set aside to sit formal meditation sittings with those who call in to the central number. It’s a day where I give myself permission to drop into meditation anytime, anywhere. It’s also a day where I take moments out of each hour to bless the Great Spirit all around us that we are made of.
I have a few teachers who helped teach me Vipassana meditation. These lovely people are praised on this day along with all the great teachers who have brought my life from no-training (unconscious living) to one of striving for my higher consciousness.
The nice thing about Holy Tuesday is that I give myself permission to do things a little differently. Life is about breaking and repatterning our patterns; changing the way we feel and think and relate as often as possible to remain fresh in her ever-changing miracles.
So if life takes a tumble into Mercury Retrograde, I smile, feel, observe, watch, and allow it to tumble into where it settles. If a tense moment with my wife and children reaches Defcon 5… I smile, feel, observe, watch, and allow. And if I don’t get the latest email reminder sent out to thousands of Vipassana meditators in time for our Holy Tuesday... I let go of the tension and tightness, and I smile, feel, observe, watch, and allow at deeper levels.
Sometimes I push back and force something to take place beyond my means, and Spirit supports this with a third wind that comes from nowhere. And sometimes, I allow, and feel, and smile, and observe…
Our family has been involved with a major remodel of a beautiful new healing office space in Sedona for the past 2 months (email update coming soon) along with putting on a conscious music festival in Flagstaff, AZ for the past 2 months. And each family has their own Big commitments like ours. I share mine, so you know that on Holy Tuesday, and on every day that I actively practice the training taught to me by Vipassana, I allow, smile, relax, breath, and become as aware as possible of this present moment; feeling & observing, so I don't get caught up in the heat for too long.
Tomorrow morning at 5:30am PST will be our first Holy Sitting since two weeks ago, and I haven't yet sent out the reminders.
My 'punishment' is that few, if any, will be on this powerful call. Chances are You also won't be on the second call at 6:30am either.
Probably not... Fortunately, we always have a couple lovely students by the evening 6:30pm PST call.
So why do I keep offering these calls if life can be extra challenging- especially if we're raising two little girls?
It takes time and consistency and discipline and patience to build the energy for something to root itself deep into our lives.
Some things are so good that they deserve sharing. Holy Tuesday is one of them. Life can be so busy, and it takes courage and trust to let it all go, descramble, disassemble, and reassemble the ways we do things into a stronger reconfiguration that handles more chaos.
So I send this out to you all so you know that I am still sitting my Holy Sittings every second Tuesday, and you are welcome to email Vipassana New World any day of the week to ask for a deliciously healing meditation sitting, and you will be met with a happy person at the other end of the electrons replying with a few options.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 is Holy Tuesday. I welcome you all to bow in reverence to the Divine that sparks your Spirit each day. Thank Him/ Her for your breath, your life, your friends, your home, your food, your loving parents. And in this gratitude, you will notice the Great Energy Support of Vipassana-Energy, Dhamma-Dhatu, bathe and surround you, whispering with encouragement for you to dip deeply into your meditation Right Now.
There’s no time like Now.
Not later, not tomorrow, not when the kids are asleep, not when this show is over.
And this healthy little sacrifice will be a tick mark in your belt- a moment where you chose YOU, your Light, your Spirit, your Glory, and ‘God’- over something less important. And this tick mark will grow over time into many tick marks as through the years you will find yourself deeper and deeper in communion with your Holy Life, Holy Tuesday, and maybe even Holy Mondays, Holy Wednesdays, and so on.
I send this to you all with love.
I’ll be with you on the calls.
If you can’t make a call, simply close your eyes during each beginning of the meditations tomorrow- or any time of the day- and smile and Father Spirit and Mother Earth. For they love you dearly. You are loved so dearly. And this Love showers you more when you share your love with all of Her.
Vipassana New World
Observe, feel, watch, enjoy, smile at it.