10/23/2020 NOTE: CIMC is experiencing intermittent difficulties with program registration checkout. Our techs are working to repair it. If you have any difficulty, change your billing state to another state, then back again. This should allow the payment to process. If need be, please call the office at 617-441-9038 and we will register you by phone.
This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
It is impossible to think it will not be a tumultuous time. 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? It seems imperative that we are not isolated during this time, that we engage in dharma practices as a collective. We sincerely invite you to participate!
Together, 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.
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 learn how to safely turn towards the very emotions that scare us, such as fear, anger, grief, loneliness and self-doubt.
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 practice releasing 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.
The format of this retreat invites each of us to intentionally combine formal meditation and daily life as dharma practice. Undertaking an online retreat in our home environment encourages us to integrate these teachings into our lives more directly, even as we cultivate a sense of connection with others through our shared experiences.
Éowyn Ahlstrom will offer Mindful Movement.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. All are welcome.