Many of our actions are motivated by our desire for self-affirmation and self-validation by others, by our need to feel worthy and loved. Based on the illusion of a solid self we constantly evaluate our self as being better or worse than or same as other people and thereby create a sense of who we are--an identity--or, in Buddhist terms, a conceit.
Mindful investigation allows us to see these processes of self-creation with more clarity and to become aware of the suffering and limitations that come from identifying with those self-definitions. As we learn to identify less with our sense of self, with our stories and judgments, we experience more inner freedom. Seeing through their fabricated nature allows us not to believe those constructs so much anymore and allows us to let go of the hopes and fears that arise out of this sense of self. It enables us to open to the possibility of a deeper dimension of being that is accessible in moments of full, wholehearted presence.
In this daylong retreat there will be periods of talks, sitting meditation, walking meditation and other forms of mindfulness practices. There will also be time for questions and comments. Everyone is welcome.
Yuka Nakamura is a Vipassana meditation teacher based in Switzerland. Originally trained as a psychologist and MBSR teacher, she now mainly teaches retreats both in Europe (Meditation Center Beatenberg, Gaia House, etc.) and the US (Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA).