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with Michael Carroll
During this time of self-quarantine, the Open Heart Project will offer two free online meditation retreats, beginning May 9th. Each retreat will be from 9a-3p ET. The full day will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.
Each retreat will be led by a different teacher who will also teach on a particular theme. We are really excited to be able to offer a chance to get together in community to practice meditation and discuss the spiritual path. We will take time out of our normal busy-ness to reconsider who we are, what is important, and how to re-center our highest priorities within everyday life.
Confidence brings the natural dignity of gentleness. You can afford to be gentle. You are not pretending to be gentle in order to achieve something by it, but you have a general sense of gentleness, which means you are being kind to yourself. – Chogyam Trungpa
In this retreat we will explore how the confidence we discover through mindfulness awareness meditation unleashes our natural tendency to be gentle, kind and available to ourselves and others.
9:00 am – 10:00 am — Sitting meditation
10:00 am – 10:45 am — Talk: Kindness as an expression of mindfulness
10:45 am – 11:20 am — Break out: What does kindness look like in your life?
11:20 am – 12:00 noon — Sitting meditation
12:00 noon – 1:20 pm — Lunch & contemplative activity (reading, resting, walking…no work, email, chores, or unrelated conversations)
1:20 pm – 1:30 pm — Log in
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Sitting meditation
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Discussion: Gentleness and post meditation
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Meditation and close
We often doubt our own experience, feeling “surely this can’t be right.” So-called negative emotions become enemies and mental warfare ensues. By contemplating the Five Wisdom Energies of Tibetan Buddhism we begin to unlock the innate wisdom hidden within even our darkest states of mind.
9-10 am ET — Meditation
10-11 am ET — Breakout groups to connect with each other
11-12 am ET — Meditation
12-1 pm ET — Discussion on bringing mindfulness into everyday life
1-2:30 pm ET — Contemplative activity (reading, resting, walking…no work, email, chores, or unrelated conversations)
2:30-3:00 pm ET — Meditation and closing discussion
Please use this Time Zone Converter to find out what time the program is being taught where you live. You can use Boston as the course city.
I look forward to this chance to practice more deeply together. If you have any questions, please email Lisa.
The retreats include access to my newsletter with ongoing support for your spiritual journey.