Wise Attention: A Training of the Heart and Mind with Margo McLoughlin

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2020-03-21 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date

A meditation retreat with Margo McLoughlin.

In a time of infinite distractions, it is a radical move to choose silence and stillness.

In the course of this retreat, we will be exploring the practice of wise attention. By bringing an attitude of interest and investigation to the activity of the mind, we gradually uncover subtle mental states, such as a habit of comparing mind, or a tendency to be impatient. By allowing them to remain half-hidden, unexposed in the shadowy recesses of our mind, we are giving these subtle forms of greed and aversion permission to condition how we see the world. At the same time, there may be wholesome mental states that we don’t recognize, and therefore we miss the opportunity to cultivate them and bring them to fullness.

Cultivating wise attention is an invitation to shine the light of our awareness not just on what’s happening in the physical realm of experience, but on our reaction to it and the subtle ways we construct an identity through these reactions.Bravely, we take our seat in meditation, ready to encounter all the forces of greed, hatred, and delusion as they manifest in our own minds. As we settle in, something remarkable starts to happen: The mind settles.

It is easy to be fooled by the delusion that happiness is elsewhere, in some other time and place. By staying with our experience, however, we train ourselves to live the life that is right here before us. We recognize the possibility of contentment. We uncover the potential of our own wisdom.

Within the supportive conditions of retreat, there is only one task: remembering to recognize the present moment’s experience. This generates true momentum in practice. Continuity of mindfulness yields increasing stability of mind, and with that comes concentration and clarity.

Friday, March 20 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 21 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

$25.00 | There will be an opportunity to practice dana (generosity) for the teachings.

To register:
Please follow this link, or write directly to Margo at this address: margostoryteller@gmail.com.