Gracefulness can be described as the ability to move freely and flow with the change. Our vipassana practice is learning about gracefulness by studying the heart’s response to this changing world; the places in our heart/minds that are rigid, or demanding, begin to soften and bend with circumstances. The supremely graceful heart is able to connect fully with reality and is therefore able to be beautifully present in this world.
Through an emphasis on our embodied experience, infused with loving kindness, we will explore where there is rigidity and contraction and encourage the gracefulness of softening and connecting with reality just as it is.
This workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include talks, discussion, sitting meditation as well as time for questions.
Rebecca Bradshaw is the Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and one of the Guiding Teachers at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. She has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1983 and teaching in the US and abroad, including Spanish-language retreats, since 1993. She completed dharma teacher training at IMS where she is currently part of the three-month retreat teacher team, leads retreats for young adults and serves as a member of the diversity committee. Rebecca brings a focus on the convergence of love and wisdom. Rebecca has a MA in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.