In our work both as caregivers and meditators, challenging mind states are part of the landscape. In Theravadin Buddhism these are known as the five hindrances. These universally experienced mind states occlude and obstruct clear seeing and ease of well-being. Often, however, our avoidant or aversive attitudes toward these emotional states create more tension and dis-ease in our practice. During this retreat we will turn toward what is difficult, and through reflection and guided meditation, we will learn to mindfully explore and more effectively relate to these difficult affective states. During our time together didactic modules, group discussions and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Outside of the meditation hall, silence is observed, including during meal times, in order to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings are devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation. Participants will learn, both during formal meditation practice and in daily life, to recognize afflictive mind states when they arise; and to practice mindful and compassionate strategies for working with 1) restlessness, 2) sloth and torpor, 3) desire, 4) aversion, and 5) doubt.
Note: 12 CE units are available to social workers. Check back about CEU’s for psychologists.