Mindfulness Workshop 2015

Notes from a meditation retreat on 8 March 2015 in Bethesda Maryland, facilitated by Patricia Long:

A single raindrop
     Onto a quiet pond.
A wave spreads, reflects,
     Multiplies, fades.
Waters again are still.
Yet beneath the surface,
     Invisible in the depths ...
Nine people sit in a circle on a Sunday morning.
Within minutes they
     Talk — share — glimpse
Each other's
     Fears — prayers — guilts — joys
Tears flow.
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.

     — Rumi, the Sufi poet
"This is the most real part of life."

     "There's more bandwidth here."

          "We're more aware."
          Notice again.

     Pay attention — to attention itself.
A deliberate shift:
     From thinking to experiencing.

Meditation is not something you do.
     You don't do sleep.
Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions' beautiful laughter.

     — Hafez, the Persian poet
There's nourishment, safety, strength, inspiration.
     Relief, and awe.
          Emptiness, void.
     Letting go of hopes.
          Letting go of worries.

Thoughts slow.
      Breathe in love. Breathe out fear.
A two minute practice is fine.
     Pet the cat.
          Watch the fish.
Standing is just as good as sitting.

      Om Namah Shivayah

(cf. Meditation Retreat (2014-01-28), Meditation - Sound, Music, Silence (2014-10-06), ...) - ^z - 2015-03-19