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AWAKENING THE SPIRITUAL HEART: A SILENT RETREAT – Portland
February 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm&55 – &60
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.