Insight and Self-Inquiry Meditations:
The direct path focuses our attention away from objective experience and directs it towards the inner light of awareness that is always present and unaffected by that which comes and goes. In self inquiry practice, one may ask the question “Who or what is having the experience?” Realizing our true nature is just one step on this path, as we must then continue with practices that integrate this remembering more and more into our everyday experiences.
We explore a variety of insight meditation techniques (also known as Vipassana or mindfulness meditation) that develop our ability to bring awareness, concentration and equanimity to what’s happening in our experience moment to moment. Insight meditation gradually exposes and strips away the layers of the illusory self – refining and purifying the body/mind – preparing it for the ultimate dissolution into source.
In this practice we continually relax the mind’s tendency to engage and identify with particular objects – especially thoughts. (1 hour)
Shinzen Young’s Feel Out Flow technique focusses on the changing aspects of somatic sensations. (30 Minutes)
This ‘Feel In’ technique can be very helpful in working productively with challenging emotions. (30 minutes)
Dan uses the third eye as the meditation object to wake up to stillness within stillness, the wisdom of the true self, the unborn primordial awareness. (1 hour)
In this meditation we will work with the Heart Space (in relation to challenging times), then practice recognition of awareness itself. (1 hour)
Our inner auditory activity can often generate suffering through negative, unproductive mental talk. This ‘Hear In’ practice invites us to shift to a more productive, less identified relationship to our thoughts. (30 minutes)
Tanya leads a meditation exploring the visual inner space to bring consciousness to thought patterns, and to become aware of the spaces when there are no thoughts arising. (30 minutes)
A journey from gross physical experience, to subtle, to causal, to non-dual. (3 hours)
Exploring the practice of letting energy circulate freely within the body. This inner energy has an intelligence that grows new structures; an inner lotus or golden flower that connects us to the subtle realm. (1 hour)
In this practice we will sensitize ourselves to the difference between narrowing our attention on a particular sensory object, and relaxing our attention/mind to rest as open knowing or awareness itself. (1 hour)