Upcoming Spring Retreat

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” ~ Eckhart Tolle 

Entering the Stillness

A Spring Mini-Retreat w/Cedric Cobb
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
at La Maison Trestler, 85 Chemin de la Commune, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
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About Our Retreat

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. It takes place at La Maison Trestler in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Our theme, “Entering the Stillness,”  focuses on how we can let go of what gets in the way of knowing ourselves “as the Being underneath the thinker.”

We sit on comfortable chairs for meditating, but feel free to bring your own meditation bench. Dress causally, and bring a water bottle if you like.

We will practice a variety of awareness techniques, including silent and walking meditation, and guided visualizations. As well, Cedric will recite some of his favorite “revelatory” poems.

The walking meditations will take place on the beautiful grounds of the site, which overlook the Ottawa River.

This mini-retreat is “a shift from the Western achievement model of ‘making it happen’ and ‘just doing it’ to quieting the mind and being in the moment, being present and attentive and loving—just being.”

We will maintain silence throughout the retreat, and end with refreshments in the dining room.

Registration

Registration begins at 1:45 pm, and we start promptly at 2:00 pm. The suggested donation is $22.  You may pay by cheque or cash when you arrive on retreat day. Bursaries are available.

Please reserve your place in advance by emailing Cedric at cedric.c.cobb@gmail.com.  The deadline for registration is May 19th. 

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Retreat Preparation

Every other creature on the face of the earth seems to know how to be quiet and still. A butterfly on a leaf; a cat in front of a fireplace; even a hummingbird comes to rest sometime.

But humans are constantly on the go. We seem to have lost the ability to just be quiet, to simply be present in the stillness that is the foundation of our lives.

Yet if we never get in touch with that stillness, we never fully experience our lives.

When the mind is at rest, the body is at rest—respiration, heartbeat, and metabolism slow down. Reaching this still point is not something unusual or esoteric.

It is a very important part of being alive and staying awake. All creatures on the earth are capable of manifesting this stillness.

In [meditation], you practice letting go of your thoughts and internal dialogue; and in bringing your mind back to the breath, the breath will slowly get easier and deeper, and the mind will naturally rest.

The mind is like the surface of a pond. When the wind blows, the surface is disturbed. Then there are waves and ripples, and the image of the sun or the moon or whatever the surface is reflecting is broken up.

When the wind quiets down, the surface of the pond becomes like glass. the stilled mind is like a mirror. it doesn’t process, it just reflects…

A still mind returns to that original smooth surface. A still mind is unobstructed—always open and receptive.

It doesn’t hold on or attach to anything. At any moment in time, it is free.

From: Finding the Still Point by John Daido Loori 

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