There are 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows in this life. –Chuang Tzu
When we embrace the reality that all things are impermanent, we open to a refuge of deep inner peace. The tendency of the mind is to cling to the idea that a moment of joy or a moment of suffering will last forever, and this causes us disappointment when the moment of joy fades and anxiety when we believe that the suffering will never end. Consider reflecting on the impermanent nature of all things. When you experience a moment of joy, try being fully present in the joy without clinging to it. When you experience a moment of suffering, try turning toward it and being fully present in the suffering without turning away or trying to escape. Remind yourself that the quality of the suffering will change with time, and try releasing any fixed ideas or fears that you may have about it being unchanging or unending. Try cultivating the capacity to be present with whatever arises in this moment and the next, embracing the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows that this life brings.
AWAKENING THE HEART TO JOY Saturday June 24, 2017 9am – 12pm
Joy is an innate capacity that is accessible to all of us if we learn how to cultivate it. We live in a culture in which it has become the norm to feel busy, stressed, disconnected from ourselves and others, and a sense of emotional flatness. Many of us have learned to numb emotions that we judge as “difficult,” because we feel afraid of feeling them or don’t know how to deal with them. But if we numb to anger and sadness, we also numb to joy, because we can’t selectively numb our emotions. True joy involves feeling a sense of aliveness, connection, and wellbeing and a capacity for meeting whatever arises in our lives with compassion and authenticity. During this half-day retreat, we will explore practices for working with the body, breath, and mind to open the heart, meet our emotions skillfully, and cultivate joy. These practices originate from yoga, Insight meditation, and modern neuroscience.
Location: McKay Healing Arts 4916 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC
Cost: $50 Email Jen to register
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Wednesdays September 6 – October 25, 2017 6pm – 8pm and Saturday October 21 9am – 3pm.
MBSR teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness, reduce stress and create a greater sense of peace and wellbeing. MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. People take an MBSR course for reasons that include stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, GI distress, chronic illness, fatigue, heart disease, insomnia, and grief/loss. The class is a compliment to, not a substitute for, medical and psychological treatment. Location: McKay Healing Arts, Wilmington, NC. Cost: $425. Email Jen to register.