by Miranda Chapman
Lately, I have been reminded of a phrase I once heard or read: we are human beings, not human doings.
Two weeks ago I completed my stepping away from the administrative and program direction work with Copper Beech Institute to make more space for my teaching practice. I had been anticipating this reprieve, taking July and August "off" and resuming my teaching work at Copper Beech, and beyond, in September.
But, it's interesting how I choose to fill this time. There are so many moments when I cannot allow myself to simply be but I must do: the laundry, the banking, meditate, something productive. The doing feels safer in some ways: I am protected from judgment of my perceived laziness by others and myself. Sitting and doing nothing, luxuriating in the unknown of the next moments: something about it doesn't feel acceptable.
I often joke about my inner 'overlord' — this insistent voice in my head telling me what to do, how to do it, if I've done it good enough -- which I then superimpose into my outer life and run myself ragged with all of the 'shoulds.'
It doesn't hurt that my partner and I have taken on the challenge of building a house from the ground up so there are innumerable tasks at hand. But, this morning, I give myself permission to be. I give myself permission to sleep in late and drink coffee on rising. I give myself permission to meditate and move mindfully for as long as I want. I give myself permission to stop all of the doing and rest back into the being.
Upcoming Programs with Miranda Chapman
Event with Miranda Chapman & Brandon Nappi
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm.
For our first Courageous Candlelight Conversation of 2020, we will hold space for shares and reflections on the topic of mindfulness, spirituality, and God.
Annual Retreat with Miranda Chapman
January 31-February 2, 2020
In this annual retreat with Miranda Chapman, we will explore the home we can cultivate within ourselves—a home where everything is welcome: the comfortable and uncomfortable, the familiar and unfamiliar.
Workshop with Miranda Chapman
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1pm-5pm.
Give yourself permission, for a few hours, to relish the vast and varied spaces of rest for body, mind, and heart.
Event with Miranda Chapman and Marcie Swift
Friday, June 5, 2020, 7pm-9pm.
For millennia, seekers have walked the labyrinth in their quest for meaning, peace, and connection. Join with others in a candlelight labyrinth walk to foster compassion, generosity, and peace within you and the world around you.
Event with Miranda Chapman & Chris Grosso
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm.
For our third Courageous Candlelight Conversation of 2020, we will hold space for shares and reflections on the topic of transforming through life’s challenges.