From the BlogMeet Ron


Dear friends: this is an occasional email with notes from our weekly Thursday meditation get-togethers, sent out when members request the notes. These are not prose style emails, just notes. Please join us on Thursdays for meditation, movement and talk-story from 6 to 7:30 pm, at our place at 3241 Alani Drive, in Manoa — always free, beginners welcome, tell your friends. We meet this ThursdayThursDY

Expectation is the juncture of where you right now and where you think you want to be, or want to have happen.

In meditation a huge block arises when we have subtle and not-so-subtle expectations of how our meditation should be progressing in the long run, to say nothing of expecting how it should be today as you sit down to meditate.

When explored in meditation, often we find our expectations to be little off. This is sometimes called confusion or delusion.

How much of our day to day thinking is a little off?

Expectations can tie us up if we don’t see how we have bought in to them as they nail us down to past/ future.

Holidays, vacations, a new car…pictures in the mind around family reunions.

Endless creative possibilities are always in the now space, not past/ future.

Beginners mind and being in the now space.

Suzuki Roshi: “In the mind of experts, there are few possibilities; in the mind of beginners, there are many.”

Meditation — recognizing and seeing through expectations and staying in the creative now space.
A little lightness and humor helps–>>

Ram Dass: As we get to now our inner stuff (like expectations) we become “connoisseurs of our own neurosis.”

Seeing though and letting go of expectations gently helps us into a mental framework called equanimity (upekkha).

Jack Kornfield: “Equanimity allows us to see the woven pattern of both suffering and joy in our lives and in the world.”

Walt Whitman:

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is
And whether I come to my own to-day or in ten thousand or
ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can
wait. Excerpts from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman.

Have a lovely Easter!
tom, Katina, Uilalani, and Kupainaha Marx

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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