June 13, 2011
Today we begin Week 2 of Ezra Bayda's Tricycle Retreat, "Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice." Last week Ezra laid the foundation for these teachings and explained that it is crucial that we examine our expectations in relationships. This week, Ezra takes his teaching further and provides us with several practices to work with in our interactions with others and with fear. Regarding our tendency to blame, Ezra explains:
When we find ourself blaming someone else, our practice has to be to turn away from blaming and to then turn inward towards our own experience. I'm not talking about blaming ourselves, I mean giving up blame altogether. We're not blaming ourselves, we're not blaming the other person, and we're not blaming our upbringing or our childhood. The problem is, and this is the part we all know well, we often do not want to give up blaming. We like that juiciness and power we feel when we're right, and so we hold on to our anger and blame.
Ezra's teachings are down-to-earth and meet you right where you are. To take part in this retreat, please become a Tricycle Community Sustaining or Supporting Member.
Here is a preview of the Week 2 teaching: