The path of meditation proceeds in stages. First, we learn to sustain our present-moment attention which results in a sense of well-being and confidence in working with our minds. Then it becomes possible to relate with ourselves at a deeper level with mindfulness and compassion. Our meditation guides us to inner wholeness by teaching us how to open to, allow, and accept the so-called negative aspects of our experience that we usually try to avoid. This includes pain, fear, hurt, self-criticism, anger, and anxiety. Mindfulness helps us recognize that avoidance doesn’t resolve anything.
Paradoxically, the way out of negativity is our willingness to move towards it, to genuinely meet our feelings with attention, inquisitiveness, and kindness. It entails a radical shift in our relationship with ourselves. Embracing our moment to moment experience with clear awareness and compassion opens the way for our inner knots to untie themselves and for emotional healing to happen. This leads us to a new freedom: freedom from fearing our emotions, freedom to let go, and freedom to simply be. Each class will include meditation, talks, and discussion led by an experienced senior teacher.
Who should attend? This course is ideal for experienced meditators with a committed mind-fulness practice—who have been meditating 30 minutes or more almost daily for at least a year. Experience with loving kindness meditation is helpful.
At ClearLight we strongly believe in the power of retreat practice for integrating what is learned in class and to deepen meditation experience. To encourage considering retreats as a regular part of classes, we offer a special discount when registering for both a course and retreat. Class participants are strongly encouraged to attend the 1-day Retreat, “Befriending Yourself: Practicing Radical Self-Acceptance” on Saturday March 14 at Restore Chiropractic in Wayne, PA.
You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant