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Loving Awareness: Meeting Reality with Wisdom and Kindness

Awareness is the foundation of kindness – kindness is the expression of awareness.

Awareness and kindness are essential and beautiful qualities of an awakened life. Mindful awareness leads to clarity, understanding, and insight. Love allows us to meet life’s challenges with compassionate care. Together, they support a kind and wise embrace of ourselves, each other, and life.

In this silent retreat, we will discover how these qualities are intimately related and mutually supportive. We will explore how they are necessary in any journey of awakening, and in learning to live wisely and kindly.

We will cultivate awareness through mindfulness meditations and develop a compassionate orientation through heart-opening practices and attitudes. We will inquire into what obstructs the heart, and what hinders us from being fully present and awake in the moment. Teachings will focus on the integration of love and awareness, cultivating a mindfulness practice that is infused with a kind, receptive presence.

2022-08-25 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2022-08-26 Meeting the Hindrances with Faith 45:05
Leslie Booker
Centering the faith as the antidote to doubt, this talk takes us on a journey from bright faith, verified faith to unshakeable faith.
2022-08-27 Experiencing the Body as Elements (retreat at Spirit Rock) 38:00
Leslie Booker
Morning Instructions on the first foundation of mindfulness.
2022-08-27 Loving This Moment (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:50
Eugene Cash
This is the only moment there is! This is your life Now! What happens if you give yourself to that truth? What happens is we let go of everything else except Being here right now. We discover the magic of reality revealing itself in this moment. To love the moment includes all the variants of love: liking, appreciating, caring for, wondering about, become enthralled or magnetized by, curious about & illuminated by Now.
2022-08-28 Compassion in the Midst of a Culture of Dominance (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:01
Leslie Booker
Talk on Compassion and Guided Meditation
2022-08-28 Exploring the Nature of Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:28
Mark Coleman
2022-08-29 Awareness Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:12
Mark Coleman
Exploring Open awareness, nature of awareness in this 'Big Mind' meditation
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