Thursday Insight Meditation Group
FORMAT CHANGE: The group is now meeting in a dedicated format, for which one must sign up in advance. Such a group allows extended focus on a specific theme with the same group of people, facilitating more in-depth practice and deeper group support.
The group is not meeting until the new series starts on June 29th.
The Art of Letting Go
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
June 29 – August 10, 2017
YWCA, 2222 14th St., downtown Boulder
Meditation is all about letting go. Doing so leads to abiding happiness. However, spiritual practitioners frequently misunderstand letting go, confusing it with aversion to one’s experience or with passivity and inaction. True letting go is, instead, a deep relaxation into what is, where one welcomes all experiences with curiosity and is drawn to action out of clear seeing and compassion. This series explores insight meditation (vipassana) as a powerful vehicle for learning the true art of letting go.
This 7-week series will explore the theme in a dedicated group of like-minded people, which will create strong support and community.
The group will explore meditative practices that will help you:
• Experience the relief of embodied, present-moment awareness.
• Let go of restless mind and its need for constant stimulation and distraction.
• Use kind attention to let go of troubling thoughts and emotions.
• Drop false approaches to letting go that are based on self-aversion.
• Experience the joy that comes from seeing through the illusion of separateness.
Suggested donation: $125. This is a guideline. Depending on your finances, you may need to give less or want to give more. I gladly accept whatever your finances dictate.
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Peter Williams has practiced meditation for 24 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has taught meditation since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter also practices as a psychotherapist, specializing in bringing mindfulness and other spiritual perspectives to healing emotional distress. In addition to teaching retreats and dedicated practitioner groups, Peter has taught mindfulness to diverse audiences, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmental gatherings.
Peter worked for 18 years in the ecological field as: An environmental educator for Massachusetts Audubon Society, a wildlife biologist and lecturer in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, and as a consulting ecologist for the Nature Conservancy and the U. S. Forest Service. He served as a board member of the Vermont Wetlands Association. Peter has a special passion for teaching meditation in nature and for bringing spiritual perspectives to advocating for the environment.