Journeys of the Up and Down

Jeff: Hello my fine people. So apparently there is this thing called awareness that we are supposed to be aware of. It sounds ridiculous! But let’s give it a shot anyway. This Monday night, your CHALLENGE (should you choose to accept it) is to very lightly and delicately stay aware of the present moment, for 35 whole minutes, despite the artful shenanigans of yonder mind and yonder world, which will endeavour in their usual charming way to take us up and take us down and take us, frankly, all around.

Does This Path Have a Heart?

Steph: Sometimes when we are so busy seeking – the next streetcar, the next job, the next relationship, the next weekend – we can miss what our heart is trying to tell us. For this inquiry meditation, we will delve into our heartspace, drop in a question, and sit back and listen to our hearts, just like Roxette told us to do so many years ago.

Attraction/Aversion/Acceptance

Erin: “Like that, don’t like that. Want that, not that. You come here, you go away…”. So much of our sensory experience are accompanied by these little judgements, pushing and pulling us every which way. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll tune into those discernments, noticing our endless mental navigations. Does the act of noticing affect the push and pull? Do we need these negotiations with sensory reality, or can we just be with what is?

Pratyahara: withdrawal in, or out, of the senses?

Pamela: Pratyahara is the fifth limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga: withdrawal of the senses. Yet your senses comprise the only vehicle you’ll ever drive— let’s see how they work! With a special focus on sound and vibration, we will guide you on a journey inside and out, a coming home to the senses you’ve always known.

The Alchemy of Mindfulness

Avi: Alchemy is the separation of the chaotic and unconscious psychic matter, into clearly known opposing principles. Then in a further stage, the alchemist works to reconcile these opposites into a new harmoniously integrated whole. This week we’ll explore the alchemical dimensions of mindfulness practice. In the sit we’ll work on analysing the components of sensory experience.