This talk links the concerns of our life, the tendencies of our minds, and the practice of meditation. Martin explores the way our conditioning and mental attitudes colour all our perceptions, and explores how dharma practice invites us to see through our acquired mental shaping, beyond our ideas, to meet life as directly, as deeply, as freely as possible.
This talk introduces a way of participating in a silent retreat that leaves room for all aspects of our life. Martin discusses some orientating reflections that run throughout the retreat, beginning with the ongoing questioning of our experience as we settle more deeply into it; 'what is happening now?'
We naturally want to reject, ignore, deny, our unpleasant experience. In this talk Martin both encourages us and shows how to turn our attention "fearwards", daring to look deeply and to see clearly through our defenses and distractions, to freedom from fear.
This talk explores maintaining an open and inquiring attitude to all that arises. We are reminded that there is no wrong experience, no feeling we shouldn't have; that all experience is worthy of our caring, curious, contactful attention.
We come to dharma practice with a longing for freedom. This talk explores both the longing, in its importance for awakening the heart and nourishing the spiritual journey, and the Freedom of Being - our capacity to fully and freely inhabit and respond to life, to which this longing points.
We get pulled away from ourselves in different ways. This talk explores both the mechanisms of how we get disconnected from being present, and how come those mechanisms exert such a powerful pull on our consciousness. The exploration encourages a careful and caring investigation of those obstacles, as the way to understand, and liberate them.