This program will be held in person at our Center in Cambridge. Please bring a vegetarian lunch or plan to go out during the lunch break. Masks will be optional.
Many of us are all too familiar with the inner critic and the suffering it causes. Its voices include shame, blame, criticism, comparison, and belittlement. The inner judge can taunt us on a daily basis, squeezing our hearts and undermining our well-being. It tells us a story that we are unworthy or inadequate, twisting and altering our relationship with ourselves, others, and with life.
Our practice invites us to understand this inner critic and learn how to loosen its grip. Instead of fleeing from the painfulness of the judging mind, wanting it to just go away, we mindfully turn towards it, asking, “What can you teach me?” Listening gently, we investigate the truth. With understanding, we can open to inner kindness.
In this workshop, we will explore the judgmental mind and our inner capacity for discernment and discriminating wisdom. We will learn skillful approaches that allow us to question the inner judge and begin to practice and nurture inner gentleness and tenderness. Getting to know how to release or free the judging mind we open to a heart of kindness and compassion.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include meditation, discourse, discussion, and time for questions and answers. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.