Kindly Being, in this moment...and this moment...
November 2 - 9, 2019
In this silent meditation retreat, we will be stepping into meditation through the lens of Organic Intelligence. Being able to see what is arising in the mind from the compassionate frame of OI can bring a level of acceptance and equanimity to your experience and allow a richness to your unfolding.
Getting to Know your Nervous System
“Unlike reptiles, the mammalian nervous system did not evolve solely to survive in dangerous life threatening contexts, but it evolved to promote social interactions and social bonds in safe environments.” - Stephen Porges, PhD
by Brian Lesage
The Skill of Opening to the Joys of the Spiritual Path
One day King Pasenadi went to visit the Buddha in the Sakyan town of Medalumpa. He expressed to the Buddha his delight in seeing the practitioners “smiling and cheerful, sincerely joyful, plainly delighting, their faculties fresh, living at ease, [and] unruffled…”MN89
With all of the talk about suffering in Buddhism, we can often forget the joy, ease, and contentment that provide the foundation and expression of this spiritual path. The Buddha continually encourages us to savor the joy and contentment that arise from such things as ethical conduct, generosity, appreciative joy, and concentration. Even the practice of renunciation is taught from this perspective of joy and happiness. For example, in the Dhammapada the Buddha says:
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