“I would say calm is our natural state.” - Howard Cohn
Everyone wants to be calm and peaceful. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what’s happening in our mind and body, moment by moment. During this daylong retreat we will train our hearts and minds to find a calm abiding in the present moment.
How will accomplish this?
We will follow the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness; being mindful and sensitive to our bodies, beginning with the sensations of breathing and expanding to include all other types of physical sensations. We will learn to feel pleasure more fully without trying to make it last and learn to accommodate inevitable unpleasant experiences without being afraid or reactive to them. We will develop the skill of recognizing and working with our moods and emotions and learn how to relate to our thoughts more wisely rather than be so easily carried away by them.
Settling the mind into the body, noticing and caring about the flow of experience, our hearts can settle and we can all realize that the peace and ease we are looking for in our lives is the natural peace and ease of our own nature.