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Tending the Undefended Heart
Saturday, October 19; 10:00am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
Much of our life force goes into protecting ourselves from real or perceived danger, bracing ourselves against the winds of life, trying to look acceptable to ourselves and in the eyes of others. To do so we develop the habit of covering over our hearts with protective gear. Some of this is due to our biological wiring, and is also necessary, especially when we haven’t had the resources or support to safely navigate things like family dysfunction, atmospheres of harsh judgment, competitive schools and workplaces, and the poisonous landscape of contemporary partisan politics. All this can make it difficult to arrive with openness in the present moment.
Alternatively, we can undertake with others a meditation practice that establishes an atmosphere of safety and kindness in which we cultivate an undefended heart, listening more carefully to the undercurrents of our being, the subtle impressions in the body and the longings of our hearts. To cultivate the undefended heart is to devote ourselves to being deeply present for our experience and to relax our defensive grip, discovering a greater intimacy with ourselves, others, and all things. Instead of feeling bewildered and crushed by the challenges of our lives, as we find a way to rest peacefully in the middle of things, our wholeness can be revealed.
“The more our habit is to come into this radical presence and see afresh, the more we can not only see this goodness in ourselves and each other, but invite it out.” --Tara Brach