In January, 2023, I received certification to teach vipassana-based meditation from Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. This amazing program introduced me to metta and the powerful RAIN practice which is a self-guided introspective journey into healing. Learn more about classes and methodology below.
If the word meditation causes discomfort, if you are thinking of someone sitting effortlessly in a cross-legged position, motionless, smiling, empty of thoughts, and loving it, I have good news.
It's not that. Here's what James Finley, a clinical psychologist and a Trappist monk who studied with Thomas Merton, has to say:
"Meditation practice is not so much a specific activity but rather, an open, receptive state of mind that is brought to every activity."
We cultivate this open, receptive state by practicing in a safe and protective environment. Much like a greenhouse protects seeds and baby shoots until they are ready to be planted outdoors, the cushion becomes a greenhouse to practice meditation so we can confidently take it out into the world.
Join a 4-week mindfulness and meditation introductory course, as taught in the Insight Meditation tradition, developed by Jack Kornfield.
Listen below to practice metta, and awareness of the Third Foundation, Thoughts.