It was interesting to learn that there’s a word for fear of happiness, cherophobia. An anxiety that something bad will happen if things are going too well. Seems like Charles Schultz had some passing acquaintance with this phenomenon, and that it is not uncommon.
I carry what my first teacher told me as I struggled with the decision to make a commitment to my practice and to him as my teacher. He explained that having a teacher is not a relationship with another human being, but rather a state of mind in which we are open to learning from everyone, everywhere, all of the time.
I’ve been reflecting on what it is to raise a speck of dust. To make a stir, to create something out of nothing, to take action freely.
Wednesday is Community Night: Cherophobia? Fear of Happiness with Jonathan Meyers. PZI members sign up online for Individual Conversations on Saturday with David Weinstein on your meditation practice. Not a member yet – join us! Sunday Teacher= Learning with David Weinstein.
Being told that nothing is the matter challenges my ideas about reality. Being asked what I think I lack helps me appreciate that the questioner knows what it is to feel that lack, which opens me to what they have to say about it.
Nov. 23rd – Individual Conversations on your Meditation Practice
with David Weinstein. Online booking for Sat. now available.
Signups for Retreat participants only – Saturday Nov.16th 2019: 15 minute conversations from 8-9:30 and […]
It is that integration with the body that allows us to experience the freedom to be unstuck and to hear the echo of the sounds of the Valley Spirit and to experience the freedom of walking in the sky with Feng po-po.
In the Tao te Ching the music of earth is said to be produced by the spontaneity of the wind. The music of heaven is the music of silence. The Dragon traverses between heaven and earth as freely as the wind and clouds it rides, not needing to ask permission or explain.