Cultivating a gentle and steady meditative attention we can learn to meet difficulty, pain and suffering with kindness and self-forgiveness. With the courage to feel experience deeply, we can embrace our life with a tender heart of love and openness.
The voice of the inner critic is a huge source of suffering for many people. Learning to work skillfully with this voice allows us to develop an sense of respect and trust in ourselves that is essential for the deepening of our spiritual practice.
A probing exploration of the movements of faith in our practice. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we are always placing our faith somewhere. What do we have faith in? What shapes our sense of limitation or possibility? And how do faith and confidence deepen?
In the second session on practicing with thoughts and emotions, we complement the first session's focus on the more receptive practice of mindfulness. After a review of mindfulness, we explore three more active approaches: (1) deepening mindfulness through inquiry, (2) invoking wisdom through clear comprehension, (3) providing antidotes through invoking lovingkindness, compassion, and other beautiful states.