This topic was inspired by the following article, which discusses some things that we tend to do to “dim” our inner light:
While not necessarily a Buddhist article, and not necessarily meant to be the focus of our discussion, I think it relates and offers some interesting content.
At the last event, one topic that came up is that it’s more difficult to be present around others than to be present while we’re on our own. Could it be because we feel more inclined to take on some of the roles mentioned in the article, when we’re around others? Instead of simply being present? In particular, this line of the article really “got” me:
“We dim our lights by taking on identities that mask our full potential.”
Why would we do this?
During this next event, I’d like to discuss some of the following general topics and how Buddhism can help us address them:
- What obstacles do you find affect your presence around others? Do any of the roles mentioned in the article sound familiar to you?
- Are we too busy trying to defend these roles that we hinder our ability to deeply listen and be present around others? What are some practical ways to bring ourselves back to our inter-connectedness with others?
- How can the Buddhist teachings help us meet our presence potential (as opposed to acting out a role)? What are some practical ways that you tap into that “inner voice” or “inner light” (whether around others or on your own)?
- What is the difference between “inspired action” vs “doing”? i.e. can acting based on our inner voice (as opposed to "doing" based on roles or expectations) be forced? Does our inner voice only prompt us naturally, or can we encourage inspired action?
Hope you can join us!