Regret is one of the most conflictive and persistent of mental states. It can haunt one's life in ongoing and undermining ways. Seen from a meditative perspective, however, regret is not only a source of unnecessary suffering; it may also be a source of wisdom and a pathway to compassion. Rather than being caught up in endless rumination, it is possible to approach regret in a variety of ways and with greater skill than in the past. With right view and meditative tools, it is possible to free oneself from the shadow of regret.
Some of the themes we will investigate are self-respect as well as respect for others, and the difference between remorse and guilt. Freedom from regret brings about a lightness of heart, an ease of mind and a kindness extended in all directions.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include sitting meditation with instructions, talks and time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome.