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.
Awakening happens when there is a failure of “you” to meditate
In this practice we use the metaphor of a parade to describe the constant flow of the objects of our experience (30 Minutes)
It’s easy to get lost in and identified with strong emotions – lovely or challenging ones. (30 Minutes)
We building concentration, sensory clarity and equanimity using the breath as the object of meditation at first, then transition to meditating without an object of focus (rest as open awareness). (30 minutes)
In this meditation we settle in via the breath, then find a neutral anchor in the body, then explore the emotional space. (30 minutes)
In this meditation with Tanya Mahar, we start out focusing on an object (the heart space) and zoom out in stages until we’re resting as awareness itself.
Self Inquiry – Allow all dimensions of your being to be here- gross subtle causal
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)
Self Inquiry – The Cessation of all doing and the doer