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

Softening the Hard Edges of Difficult Emotions
Ruth King
Saturday, November 18, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code RK1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

In today’s climate of inflamed divisiveness, many of us are asking: How do I work with my thoughts, fears and beliefs in ways that nurture the dignity of all life? How do I comfort my own raging heart in a sea of ignorance, distress and violence? How can my actions reflect the world I want to live in and leave to future generations? How do I ensure justice without fostering generations of harm and hate, internally and externally?

In this daylong retreat, using the Vipalassa Sutta as our reference, we will investigate our conditioning. Resting the mind in the body, we will explore the cycle of misperception, and through this inquiry we will be able to drop below the turbulence of distress to discover what we have forgotten that must be remembered. Through periods of guided sitting and walking instructions, and loving-kindness and forgiveness practices, we cultivate an inner atmosphere of non-resistance. We recognize the relationship between suffering and faith, soften the hard edges, and open to our shared belonging.

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

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