Mindfulness Clear and Radiant (2018)
The practice of mindfulness can be deeply nourishing, calming and liberating. It is like coming home to ourselves. Two thousand five hundred years ago, the Buddha described mindfulness as ‘clear and radiant’ and as ‘stillness, simplicity and contentment’. He saw it as a deeply human quality of unlimited potential and which can bring meaning and happiness to our lives. Yet we do not need to be Buddhist nor interested in Buddhism to benefit from mindfulness.
This retreat is suitable for newcomers to mindfulness meditation, and for those wishing to take mindfulness deeper. Mindfulness practices can help us to develop a serene, alert, focussed state of mind, in which we can get beyond the usual chatter in our heads and start to listen to our deeper inspiration and wisdom. On a retreat, beyond the busyness and pressures of our daily lives, we can give ourselves space and time to go deeper into our experience, and allow clearer perspectives to emerge on what is truly important to us in our lives.
Sitting meditation including the Mindfulness of Breathing practice will be fully taught, supported by gentle bodywork, activities to explore bringing mindfulness into our daily lives, small discussion groups, presentations, and some time for ourselves: to relax, let go and appreciate sitting quietly or walking in the landscape.
The bodywork will involve some qigong and shibashi tai chi moves in the mornings and evenings to open to a deeper sense of the body. There will be some silent periods, which offer us the opportunity to let go more deeply, and to become more aware of ourselves, each other and our environment, without the need for words.
Hridayagita has lived and worked at Taraloka for eight years and loves exploring mindfulness through her Tai Chi practice, sitting meditation and daily life. She is particularly interested in transitional periods such as standing to sitting, and moving from place to place or task to task, as these are the times where lack of mindfulness can show up - often through accidents or forgetfulness for example, “Why did I come over here?”
Maitrisiddhi came to meditation from her love for rock climbing and mountaineering – an activity where mindfulness is essential! She has also lived at Taraloka for eight years, is passionate about meditation, and is very interested in how to bring meditation and daily life together.
Led by Hridayagita and Maitrisiddhi
Level: Open to all
Booking fee: £75
Suggested donation for Taraloka, in addition to the booking fee and collected at the end of the retreat: £225 if working, £135 if in receipt of benefits/Senior Citizen/student/Triratna support
|Retreat date||Sunday, 15th April 2018 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Friday, 20th April 2018 11:00|
|Spaces available||Spaces Available|
|Booking closes on||Friday, 13th April 2018|
|Booking fee (per person)||£75.00|
|Retreat Leader||Hridayagita and Maitrisiddhi|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|