Both the Solstice and the New Year are invitations to reflect on impermanence and change, and to think about our sense of purpose. Our last evening in December was a reflection on light and dark, the experience of waiting in the dark, being open and receptive to what inspires and guides us. Our first evening in January (5th) will be a meditation evening.
I hope you have had time over the holiday period and amid the festivities for some quiet reflection. I have loved the bright frosty days we have sometimes had. Here's a poem by Kenneth White that I love:
A High Blue Day on Scalpay
This is the summit of contemplation, and
no art can touch it
blue, so blue, the far-out archipelago
and the sea shimmering, shimmering
no art can touch it, the mind can only
try to become attuned to it
to become quiet, and space itself out, to
become open and still, unworlded
knowing itself in the diamond country, in
the ultimate unlettered light.
Our new programme is now on the What's On pages. This year we'll be celebrating 50years of the Triratna Order and Movement. Many of us feel deep gratitude and joy for the difference the Dharma has made in our lives since we met it through Triratna - the 50th birthday is truly a cause for celebration.