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The Wisdom of Embodiment

2017-06-10 (8 days) Meditationszentrum Beatenberg

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2017-06-10 Introduction to Retreat: The Most Important Thing 54:50
Ajahn Sucitto
Guidance to keep putting things aside, and keep establishing ‘here,’ a bodily feeling that serves as a guide to what’s always here. In the space of open awareness, we can ask ourselves every day: What is the most important thing? And the answer may change each time. For the retreat time, we consider silence and goodwill as the most important things.
2017-06-11 Early morning instructions: Guided Meditation ‘Awakened Repose’ 60:10
Ajahn Sucitto
Instructions for sitting and standing meditation are offered. In both, sensing ground, balancing of outer and inner forms, rhythmic flow of in and out breathing, allowing the beauty and intelligence of subtle forms to come forth.
2017-06-11 Morning Teaching: The Body As a Sense Organ 24:59
Ajahn Sucitto
As we enter retreat, we may feel a certain amount of jangle and disorientation. Our embodiment can provide a source of strong, inner orientation. This inner form has its own language, rhythms and moods that can ground and settle us into the real here and now.
2017-06-11 Afternoon Instructions: How to Approach Mindfulness of Body 21:04
Ajahn Sucitto
Mindfulness of body is not just in reference to the outer form, but to energetic sensitivity. Data from the body is direct, not filtered through the mind. If we track it and tune into it, it can release blocked areas, clear psychological effects and bring clarity. Approach with goodwill and softness of attitude.
2017-06-11 Walking and Reclining Instructions 11:46
Ajahn Sucitto
Walking from your center, finding fluidity of movement, sensing with the torso rather than the eyes. [Ends 10:10] For reclining, laying flat on one’s back, allowing front of body to completely open up, extending awareness from the feet to the head and the space around.
2017-06-11 Spiritual Friendship 41:25
Ajahn Metta
What we are doing by coming together, practicing with the overall framework of the Dhamma, is developing spiritual friendship. Over the short period of a retreat period as we meet and connect in the silence, our energies come together and we become unified as a group and find support.
2017-06-12 Early Morning Instructions: Coming to Terms with Dukkha – It Just Doesn’t Have to Be That Good 20:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Rather than following the mental movements of the mind, there’s the possibility to just open to the manifest with no particular engagement. The particular point is meeting dukkha – where we chafe, want, resist – and recognizing it as it is. At the moment the engagement changes, the mind releases. Then the world doesn’t have to be that good.
2017-06-12 Morning Teaching: You Don’t Get to the End of the Story by Following It 40:32
Ajahn Sucitto
We tend to get the situations that will work on us. Our approach, if we get wise, is to meet dissatisfaction in the body. There is a possibility to unhook from the tides of affliction that cause us to form up in these challenging situations. We can pause, unhook, and bear open, steady presence. Shifts occur by themselves.
2017-06-12 Standing Instructions: Free from Obstruction, Free from Intrusion, Free from Harm 23:48
Ajahn Sucitto
Three references for standing: anatomy, sensations and energies. Setting aside what isn’t needed and firming up what is useful, allowing the body to complete itself and come into balance. Free from obstruction, free from intrusion, free from harm.
2017-06-13 Early Morning Reflections: The Trained Mind, The Untrained Mind and The Choice 17:12
Ajahn Sucitto
Remember the gift of mind. It can seem such a tangle at times. The untrained mind is difficult and can be deadly. The trained mind is a beauty, it can be liberated – deathless. This is choice. Attending to what’s worthy of attention; attending to what gives rise to beautiful states that lift and brighten. Withdrawing attention from states that become burdensome, confusing, useless. The gift of attention, use it wisely.
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