"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Living at the Speed of Life
Anna Douglas
Saturday, April 22, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code AD2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Bring A Friend for Free when you register ahead of time.

We may often feel as though we don’t have enough time and that the faster we go and the more we try to accomplish, the more elusive time becomes. The teachings of mindfulness and loving-kindness point us gently in another direction. As we practice, we arrive over and over at the actual pace of life through the unlabored movement of our breathing, the regular beating of our hearts, or the changing dance of sensations in the body.

The ancient practitioners extolled the benefits of meditating in a garden, in a forest, on a mountain, near the waters as a way to return our disregulated nervous systems to harmony. In the meditative tradition, the natural pace of life is best expressed by the word “unfolding.” Your garden unfolds its beauty and abundance at a leisurely and imperceptible pace. Flowers bloom, grasses grow, autumn colors appear — all exquisitely on time. Our bodies are no different from the garden or the forest. We unfold throughout our lives growing and changing and evolving as it is our nature to do so. To be in harmony with these changes is our task.

To learn from nature how to relax and allow our own unfolding is very useful. It is one of the enduring pleasures of being on the land at Spirit Rock. We will sit and walk and move and breathe and allow our minds and bodies to unwind. Open to all ages.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

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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 or (415) 488-0164 x224.

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