This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Narayan Helen Liebenson in person at our Center in Cambridge. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, August 2. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
These are tumultuous times. On a collective level, and perhaps on a personal level as well, life, as we want it to be, is routinely disrupted. In response, we may feel emotions that scare us, such as fear, anger, grief, loneliness, and self-doubt. Yet, we can learn how to safely turn toward these very emotions. Sitting with ourselves and not fleeing, we have the opportunity to discover our capacity to befriend and understand the true nature of emotions.
Fully feeling whatever arises exactly as it is, we can release our identification with our emotional atmosphere so that our emotions don't have to dictate our actions. We are better able to understand the emotions of others in understanding our own.
During our day together, we will engage the methods of shamatha vipassana (calm and insight) to develop inner balance in the midst of difficult emotions. We will practice turning problems into wisdom as we cultivate a more joyful and compassionate way to live. In this way we can contribute to love rather than hate, to clarity rather than delusion
What better way to move through the difficulties than to be together in community and to explore ways of encountering painful emotions from a practice perspective? What better way to steady ourselves in the midst of things as they are?
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.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. This program will not be recorded.
NOTE: At check-in, participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful service during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants.