Tensions in the body are physical manifestations of mind and thought patterns. As we smile into the body it becomes our friend. The body is the gateway to the mystery of life, and in it we can experience the silence that is in us and around us.
Sylvia Boorstein and Donald Rothberg explore in dialogue lovingkindness and its relationships with muddita (appreciative joy), gratitude, and equanimity. Mature lovingkindness integrates all of these qualities.
A reflection on how to work with the challenges we all encounter in meditation. Craving, aversion, sleepiness, restlessness, and sceptical doubt are challenging but temporary visitors which obscure our deeper truth. By recognising them as such and learning to work skillfully with them we can free ourselves from their grip, revealing the natural purity and radiance of our heart and mind.
This talk also includes Helen Stephenson. Meditation and yoga are natural partners in the spiritual life. This talk introduces a retreat that draws on the Buddh's teachings of mindfulness and awakening, and the yoga teachings of Patanjali, combining the practices of Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation. The yoga on this retreat is offered as a spiritual path rather than simply an exercise system.