a 15 minute conversation with Janet Keyes and Nina Asher, hosted by Linda Modaro
“poetry is evidence that the heart thinks. and the mind feels.”
— Nayyirha Waheed
Our sangha put out an eJournal in 2017 hoping to promote conversations about reflective meditation, creativity, and finding your own voice/path. The online conversation in March with Nelly Kaufer about her Unconventional Glossary of Buddhist Qualities was recorded but the poor sound quality leaves us needing to re-record. This month I spoke with Janet Keyes (Self-Improvement / My true self) and Nina Asher (Grieving Awareness / Choose Connection). You can listen to the conversation about dharma, reflective meditation, and poetry at the link below.
I will be in slow mode for the next few weeks while I am recovering from losing my voice on this last retreat in Spokane, WA. Not having a voice has shown me how much I depend upon conversations in my practice and teaching. Fortunately, I could rely upon my co-teachers, Anna Delacroix and Bill Cooper, to step into the teaching role at the retreat (their teachings were more than well-received); and while I had most of this email put together before I left, I could rely upon refinements from my written ‘conversational’ edits with Janet Keyes.
Speech is an acknowledged area for development as a practice on the Eight Fold Path. The teachings, before written language, were communicated from person to person through conversations. With modern conditions, my conversations with you are online via Zoom or in written form, and then we see each other monthly, or only a few times a year at a group, workshop, or retreat. What seems to be similar is the personal aspect – learning the Dharma is so very personal when done together through meditation, speech, listening, and reflection.
Through this ironic of teaching with no voice and resting, I have re-learned this: Dharma conversations integrated into a person’s life and that have personal meaning are well-received and can be carried forward. They are a reliable way to convey the Dharma.
Thank you for your care, for your continued practice, and our experience of learning together.