I had the privilege of meditating with these beautiful people in an introduction to meditation class at The Hive in Northside, Cincinnati. Joey, on the ground at the left, led the class. He is an excellent teacher; warm, accepting, and knowledgeable. I have been meditating on and off, with and without apps, mostly self-taught, for the last year or so. The course gave me a solid ground to stand on and build from. It was also a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to start from scratch or strengthen an exisiting practice.
Today was Ash Wednesday. For those of us with a Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday commences a 40 day period of remembrance and anticipation. The Ash Wednesday service is meant to remind us that from dust we've come and to dust we'll return.
After the service, a few of us had Indian food at Adeep India. Not going to lie: it felt a little gluttonous for the start of Lent.
But it tasted so good.
Later, we celebrated/mourned the departure of our friend Christopher (on the left next to the guy with the ashes). Pat, always a joker, hid his face in the photo. A lot going on here. Take a minute to explore the various items found in the photo like the "gratitude jar" at the center of the table, the marvelous cookie/brownie, a book of inventions, a telescope, and a robot.