This day of retreat is an opportunity for people ages 18 to 35 to gather and practice Insight Meditation (vipassana) in a supportive community setting. We will explore how to sustain mindfulness throughout one's daily life. The Buddha taught that while breathing, eating, walking, talking, and sleeping, one can aspire to practice being awake and aware. We will work with strengthening our formal mindfulness techniques, with a focus on sitting, walking and standing. Then, we'll learn how to integrate these practices into our daily lives, taking them off the cushion and into the world. Over time, as mindfulness begins to infuse the entirety of our lives with more continuity, our practice can deepen and we begin to experience the richness of all that is available to us, right here and right now.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our day together will include instructions on Insight Meditation and metta practice and will unfold in silent sitting and walking meditation, guidance and Q&A sessions. There will be time after the retreat ends for participants to gather informally for refreshments and discussion.
Zeenat Potia has taught meditation at CIMC since 2014 and served on the Board of Directors from 2012-2019. She is an immigrant to the United States, and a working mother of two young daughters. Her teaching stems from an aspiration to create a kinder, wiser, and more inclusive and sustainable world for all who live in it. Zeenat has over 15 years of combined meditation and yoga training, including extensive silent retreat experience at the Insight Meditation Society and a 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks.