Natural Awareness and Insight in Daily Life
A Half-Daylong Retreat with Cheryl Slean
Saturday, June 3, 2017
It is just when the mind is quiet and cool, in a state of well-being, undisturbed, well concentrated and fresh, that some solution to a persistent problem is arrived at.
What if your daily life could become a rich source of meditative insight? It can, when you learn how to practice skillfully with it.
The Buddha taught that the causes of suffering and stress can be understood and released through meditative insight, a natural and spontaneous process of intuitive, nonrational knowing. While we can’t “make” insight happen, we can cultivate the conditions that support its arising, in particular skillful concentration, or a mind collected in awareness and wisdom.
There are many techniques aimed at developing meditative concentration, including the familiar calming practice of focusing attention on a single object of experience, like breath or a mantra. But for some, this type of practice can cause tension, which interferes with the process of insight. The good news is, concentration is not dependent on any particular object: rather, it is the continuity of awareness moment-to-moment that develops concentration, and continuity can also be established through the many changing objects of our experience.
This half-day of mindfulness will introduce a flexible technique of natural awareness with wise attitude, which supports concentration through a relaxed, receptive attention to the breadth of experience. This form of mindfulness can be practiced without tension and through all activities, making it an ideal practice for daily life, creating more opportunities for insight, and a collected, easeful and loving mind.
Open to all.
Cost: Sliding Scale: $25-60 and the offering of Dana to the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation intensively since 1995, teaching since 2007, and is currently serving on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream and Insight Community of the Desert (Palm Springs). She teaches classes and retreats at these centers and at other spiritual and secular venues including Seattle Insight, Mindful Schools, Refuge Recovery Centers, Foundations Recovery Network, Santa Monica Hospital, Google LA, and many other health and wellness, business and nonprofit settings. Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker and educator working in the arts and sustainability, and is co-executive producer of VisionLA Climate Action Arts.
This daylong retreat will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864