Practicing mindfulness can help us to be more present in our lives by promoting a deeper and richer awareness of our inner self. This, in turn, allows us to focus better and can even help alleviate stress and other negative mental and physical states.
Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne explains how mindfulness works and how to cultivate it in meditation and in daily life. He explores the origins of mindfulness in Buddhist teachings, discusses the benefits demonstrated in research studies, examines its role in changing habits, and provides skills and practices to use in daily life. Each session includes experiential practices of mindfulness. No experience or special equipment is required. Students may bring a pillow or cushion or use the chairs provided.
In this daylong retreat, we cultivate practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and loving-kindness in sitting, walking, and movement, inviting a kind and non-judging awareness of our experience moment-to-moment.
Supported by poetry and inquiry, we’ll deepen beneficial qualities of heart and mind—while letting go of painful and difficult mind states—to help us live wisely and kindly in the world in these challenging times.
A Weekend of Loving-Kindness
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (mettain Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. We will tenderly explore our capacity to create, endure, overcome, and transform suffering through practices of loving-kindness and awareness. Loving-kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. The fusion of mindfulness and loving-kindness helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.
On this retreat loving-kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction, talks, mindful movement, and walking meditation.
Pause, be with your body and your whole being and connect with yourself in presence. In this weekend retreat, experience the power of meditation with a pause in doing and allow yourself simply to be. The retreat is designed to support continuity of wakefulness, creating space for your true nature to be revealed. Together in community, we will engage in a series of meditation practices, including sitting, lying, walking and eating accompanied by gentle movement.
IMCC Fall Residential Retreat: Cultivating a Heart Unshaken with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Hugh Byrne
When we encounter difficulties, we can be tempted to lose heart and imagine that something is wrong. In our spiritual practice, however, we are invited to see and to deeply investigate these moments as blessings and powerful learning opportunities. The Dharma guides us to cultivate wholesome attitudes: qualities of mind and heart that support our opening to change and challenge as wonderful and happy practice. With these, we are able to discover ever deeper and more creative possibilities, developing steadfast and peace-filled presence in our relations with our internal and external worlds.
This retreat provides a grounding for beginners to Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and a re-grounding suitable for experienced students. We will cultivate direct awareness of breath and body, then open up step by step to encompass all that arises in the heart and mind.
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness ("metta" in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Loving-kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. The fusion of mindfulness and loving-kindness helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.
We all have habits we’d like to change and habits we’d like to develop to live more happily and freely. But once ingrained, behaviors can be very hard to break because of the brain processes involved in habit formation.
Join IMCW guiding teacher Hugh Byrne, PhD, and learn how to use to mindfulness skills and practices to bring habitual behaviors and thought patterns into awareness, where they can be transformed.
For more information, visit: https://imcw.org/Calendar/EventId/3231/e/daylong-finding-freedom-in-daily-life-5-may-2018
Join us for a day of immersion in practices of awareness and compassion to renew connection with yourself, nature, and life:
- Benefit from pausing in the midst of daily life to simply be present;
- Connect with your internal resources for healing and well-being;
- Connect with your deepest intentions for yourself and your life;
- Practice in community with fellow mindfulness practitioners.
Stress management and personal resilience training for humanitarian aid workers--one-day workshops in Amman, Jordan (March 21 and March 22) and four-day workshop in Ajloun (March 26-29).
Build the skills you need to change established habits and live with freedom and ease. Leave with skills and practices to bring your thoughts, words, and actions into alignment with your deepest values and intentions.
This daylong workshop explores the Buddhist origins of mindfulness, discusses the benefits demonstrated in research studies, examines its role in changing harmful habits, and provides skills and practices to use in daily life.
Chestertown daylong retreat: Training the Mind and Opening the Heart—A Day of Mindfulness and Compassion
Chestertown daylong retreat
IMCW 5-day New Year's Retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center with Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Luisa Montero, and Hugh Byrne
For more information: https://imcw.org/Calendar/EventId/1633/e/new-years-retreat-2017-27-dec-2017