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Lovingkindness, or Metta, is the practice of cultivating a warm, open heart towards ourselves and others, as a basic way of being in the world. It is also a path to wisdom. We cultivate metta as a meditation practice in order for it to manifest in an ongoing way in our daily lives. We grow in self-acceptance and compassion, work through our harsh judgments of self and others, and become better able to act from our awakened hearts in daily life.
In this non-residential retreat, we will learn the formal practice of metta along with some of the companion practices of compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude. All of these practices strengthen self-confidence, self-acceptance, and steadiness of mind and heart, revealing our fundamental kindness.
This meditation intensive is intended for people interested in a period of sustained practice for whom being away from home overnight is not easily possible: people with young families, people with health or mobility challenges, or people with caregiver responsibilities. Of course, the retreat is also open to anyone who simply would prefer to return home in the evening.
The retreat will be held in the context of silence, with periods of sitting meditation alternating with periods of walking meditation. Full instructions will be offered, along with dharma talks, question and answer periods, and several short optional sessions of guided movement. Participants are asked to bring their lunch each day so that there can be an uninterrupted day of practice that includes instructions in mindful eating.
Teachings and practices are appropriate for individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available, please see below.
~Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals~
This workshop is designed to help you:
- Utilize techniques of lovingkindness focused on those not close to yourself (lovingkindness toward "neutral" people and toward all beings).
- Employ techniques of lovingkindness focused on "difficult" people.
- Apply related techniques to develop forgiveness.
- Demonstrate how to bring lovingkindness into daily life in ways that might be shared with clients.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this daylong at a rate of $20.
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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.