This talk explores the fixation of identity, and the isolating limitation of being an "I" and how, when we become less engaged in the constructed, defended and fabricated, the great way of practice opens up. As we align with reality of the three characteristics of existence, we sense a different belonging and the vibrant intimacy of living an embodied life.
If we are suffering, it is because we are believing something that is not true and caught in emotional reactivity. A key tool in meditation is investigation--actively inquiring into what is happening inside us. When we investigate with sincere interest and care, the light of our attention untangles difficult emotions and nourishes intimate relationships. As this light is turned toward awareness itself, it reveals the radiance and emptiness of our true nature.
Using the Satipatthana Sutta as a guide, we explore the first three practices of mindfulness of the body. We point to the great traditional and contemporary importance of mindfulness of the body, and suggest a number of ways to practice in daily life.
How intimately and mindfully connected are you too these most basic and universal experiences?... This body in its elemental nature... A composite of the earth, water, Fire and air elements? This talk is an exploration of the Buddha's primary teaching and a guided meditation in conjunction with this teaching.