March 7-14 Retreat with Les Schaffer
Les is now in residence at the Center, sharing his curiosity about people, and their inquiries, ideals, and expectations. He writes:
I am finding meditation more and more a physical engagement. To identify time to pause, or to notice one has already paused. To take up a body position that supports pausing … sitting (walking, lying down); in the midst of troubling emotions and thoughts this can feel like effort. To notice how the body responds initially to the pause, to recognize the thoughts and feelings that take the stage as the pause deepens. Breathing in and watching the breath pour downwards towards the belly. Whether feeling quiet and open, or deeply troubled by ancient reactivity, sinking further into the body. Feeling into tightness, resistance, open flow, nothing at all … whether strong, subtle, or imperceptible. Self-centered effort — I have to do something — as expressed in our muscles and tissues, chest, —abdomen, and mind, comes into focus. Breathing out … leaning in. Falling in. Body experience itself generates inquiry: a body/mind that suddenly becomes interested in body/mind — in novel and perceptive ways. Habitual thinking meets an alert, quietly amused body and mind. “What ails me?”, “What makes me feel/act this way or that way?”, “What is me?”, are but crude expressions of heightened sensitivity. Time itself passes away. The breath pours in and down again.
Space is available for full and part-time participants in the retreat with Les. Some single rooms are still available. Please use the button below to register.