This has been a very rewarding and gratifying month as I have been able to re-establish a focused and steady practice. I have found it easier to slip into the space between and experience the freedom and peace that it offers. Thank you Sharon Salzberg, your Read More
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Before I opened today’s meditation, I went out for my morning run. It was a frosty morning; crisp and clear with signs of spring bursting out in small yellow flowers and pink blossoms on the trees. Throughout my run I Read More
During meditation, I sometimes find myself getting caught up with difficult thoughts or emotions and if I go in too deep and try to analyze and understand, things get murky and cloudy, questions begets questions. I have difficulty letting go until I get to Read More
Sending lovingkindness out to all beings gave me such a feeling of comfort. I kept it very general and broad so as to not get caught up with ‘difficult’ beings. As such, I felt hopeful. I felt grateful for all the good that Read More
Opening the Heart meditation has got to be one of the most powerful and nurturing meditations I can offer myself. I am not certain what metaphysical aspects come into play here, but during this practice, I can actually feel a gathering of Read More
Today’s practice was so important for me. I appreciated getting back to the basics of focusing on my breath. This practice allowed me to regain my attention to what was important right here and now and let distractions fall away Read More
Naropa University’s School of Extended Studies welcomes Sharon Salzberg for a daylong workshop exploring varies facets of Buddhist practice in everyday life: Empathy and Compassion, Equanimity and Resilience. Both sessions will involve a short practice period, a lecture and Q&APURCHASE TICKETS
Empathy and Compassion – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Though we often use empathy and compassion to mean the same thing, a careful look reveals empathy, the felt sense of what someone else may be experiencing, to be a necessary but not sufficient condition for compassion to arise. The difference between the two forms the way to being able to care about and connect to others while also avoiding burnout and overwhelm.
12:30-2:00 p.m: Lunch on your own
Equanimity & Resilience – 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Equanimity can be described as balance, a spacious stillness that allows us to accept things as they are, avoiding apathy and indifference on the one hand and driven reactivity on the other. When true equanimity is present, it is the ground out of which resilience is strengthened and sustained transformation can occur. The nourishing agent for equanimity is wisdom.
We yearn for connection with others, but often our mind creates assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, or a personal sense of unworthiness that can contribute to feelings of separation. With mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, Sharon Salzberg will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning to grow this sense of connection. There will be a book signing of Real Happiness, (available for purchase), before the lecture. Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author.
I have been so grateful to be part of this month-long, online gathering. It has brought me great insights into areas that might be blind spots for me and a reminder of why I started meditating to begin with. I’ve Read More
Recognizing the pain of suffering that one is in (whether ourselves or someone else) and holding that state with a sense of compassion can be such a healing balm. The ability to acknowledge that that suffering is “just the nature Read More