Start 2017 with a day dedicated to being present and opening the heart. Join this silent urban retreat and give yourself a unique and profound opportunity to quiet the mind, rejuvenate the body and open the heart.
The day’s agenda will include silent meditation, rejuvenating and relaxing hatha yoga and daily life awareness practices that can lead to a life of stillness, surrender, and joy. This is the path of the Spiritual Heart.
The Spiritual Heart can be described in three parts: 1) A specific location in the chest; 2) An organ of knowledge through which we can live a more full and open−hearted life; 3) The essence of our being, our True Self. By focusing on the Spiritual Heart and learning how to settle ourselves in this powerful center, we can drastically change our relationship to ourselves and to the world, giving us more space to be present, rooted, trusting and connected.
The atmosphere will be one of love and spiritual growth. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.
Using techniques from various mystical traditions and Hridaya (heart-centered) Yoga, we′ll learn how to create the best conditions for meditation including cultivating awareness, mental concentration, meditation techniques based on opening to the Spiritual Heart and how to apply these techniques in daily life. Hridaya Yoga is distinct from other practices as it engages not only the physical body but the entire being. Asanas are performed with awareness, turning physical practice into blissful meditation.
Come for a day of silence and a peek into the deeper dimension of your being. If you’ve yet to experience this intimacy of silence, you will never forget what a gateway it can provide to cultivating more inward and outward love, presence and surrender.
The meditation techniques I’ve learned from Grace have enriched my own practice and consequently enhanced the quality of my everyday life. Two techniques in particular that helped me the most were the “open mind, open sky” visualization and chair meditation. Imagining my mind as the open blue sky more effectively allowed me to become a viewer of my thoughts instead of being entangled in them. My thoughts and all of the concepts they entailed floated like clouds against the backdrop of my vast blue mind until they faded away over the horizon of my conscience. When Grace mentioned meditating in a chair I knew it would be a good idea since I have tight hip flexors. While meditating, I oftentimes became overly engrossed in the tightness I feel in my hips which distracts from the awareness of a calm and steady mind. Meditating in a chair recently helped me get through tough times, I would return from work with my mind racing in a million different directions and by being able to ground myself in complete comfort with the light of a candle (also a suggestion Grace made) I was able to slow my mind from an all out sprint to an easy, manageable jog. The solace that this practiced produced allowed me to sleep at night. I am very thankful for the lessons I’ve learned from Grace. Not only does she have awesome suggestions for improving your practice, her positive energy and kindness makes her an exemplary living example of the practice that she teaches.