Although the basic nature of our mind is to be naturally aware, we has humans have gotten into the habit of not being aware. Meditation practice can be seen as training the heart and mind so that the default shifts from being lost in a thought created world, to being aware of the present moment. This cultivation of heart and mind is an important aspect of the Buddhist path. Another, equally important aspect of the path is the development of kindness and compassion. So, as we undertake meditation practice, it is of utmost importance that we do it with an attitude of care and kindness towards ourselves.
It is very common for folks to bring a critical, result oriented approach to their meditation practice. This leads to frustration, self –criticism and eventually a giving up of the practice. In this day long retreat, through meditation, and discussion, we will explore how to engage in training the heart and mind in a caring way. We’ll be learning now to cultivate a kind attention.