Sheila MoirMeditation Teacher
One of the first things that drew me to the practices of Innate Wisdom and Compassion was the idea that qualities such as love, compassion, joy, and wisdom were innate, born with me and with me. After a religious education based on original sin, it was life changing to realize that it was the qualities of original goodness, my true nature, that so many people in my life, those I now call benefactors, recognize and honor in me. Equally liberating was the realization that those whose values and actions I had admired from afar, my spiritual benefactors, were, in fact, my allies in recognizing this truth. And as I worked with the practices and experienced changes in the way I related to others and to myself, I learned to trust the power of practice to help me distinguish that which might seem real but is not true.
Our sangha is based in a small town in rural Maine, and some members have not only known each other for a long time but have been practicing together for almost fifteen years. But when someone new appears, the sincerity of the welcome is palpable, since we have all experienced the transformative power of these practices and are eager to share them. I am awed by people’s commitment to come together week after week, year after year, and moved by the joy we experience in walking this path together. Looking around the circle of amazing beings, old friends and new, my commitment to holding the space that enables these practices is renewed. And when the final gong is rung, the feeling that fills the room is the essence of sangha.