Tag: retreat

I went on a 7 day retreat at Gaia House: Embodying the Awakening Heart, with Yanai Postelnik & Leela Sarti. My general aims were to surrender into the stillness that continues to grow in my daily experience, and to explore the long-term energetic tensions that I feel in my throat and forehea ...
danbartlett
almost 6 years ago 1 1
Just back from 7 days at Gaia House; Right now, it's like this... with Martin Aylward Had a really positive experience! Besides one rough morning, there was a lot of clarity and ease. Early days, beat myself trying to uphold certain reifications of current understanding. This awareness of 'sho ...
danbartlett
over 6 years ago 1
As usual the retreat was not how I imagined and has given me a lot to think about. It was shorter than usual at 5 days, but packed a heavy punch nevertheless. I did my usual routine of 4 sets of 3 hour sessions, where a session consisted of three 45 minute sits separated by walking meditation. I ...
tombh
over 5 years ago
I've just finished a week's retreat at Gaia House with Stephen and Martine Batchelor. It was in the Korean Zen style; around 10 hours of meditation a day, consisting mostly of 30 minute sits broken up by 10-15 minutes of walking meditation. The main practice was the koan, "What is this?&quo ...
tombh
over 5 years ago 5
A week or so ago I visited Alan and casually mentioned the panic attacks I'd been experiencing since last year. His view, based on other phenomena occurring in my practice, was that they were actually related to the next phase of awakening, that would culminate in Liberation. This was a quite a ...
danbartlett
about 5 years ago 4 6
Been putting off writing this. Retreat was very hard :( I've been back a week or so already and am only just starting to feel settled from it. I think a large part of the stuff that came up has to do with being in a new relationship. What if this? What if that? Hopes and fears. Never the less, ...
tombh
over 4 years ago 4 6
Vipassana day 1/10 Focus Anapana meditation (focus area was inside nose, around triangle of upper lips to top bridge of nose). "Mindfulness (sati) of breathing (ānāpāna) is the most common samatha practice. (wiki)"
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 2/10 Started consistently hitting "sweet spots" of calm abiding. Focus area reduced to triangle under nose (including edges of nostrils) to upper lip. The mind drastically calmed to a smooth with only occasional ripples. Anapana again all day 10 hrs
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 3/10 Anapana again all day, various sensations around the breath, but we focused into just a finger sized point under the nose, calm abiding easier and lasts longer. The Dharma talks & the food are amazing.
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana Day 3/10 Started with Anapana then switched to observation of crown and roughly went 1cm^2 bit by bit of all scalp->face->neck->ect. NOT running energy through those places, not DOing anything with energy, shear 'being there' observation. I messed this up with all the things I ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 4/10 Sankaras all day, if I couldn't let it go in 10 min or it recurred multiple times and was executively deemed 'actually worth thinking about' they were placed on hold for break to be thought about and packaged with a 'when I finish the course this will be my course of action to ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 2 1
Vipassana day 5/10 Started to get past Sankara's not just generated new ones or current stuff. The old stuff was interesting since I had to remain in the equipoise while both past truama to past pleasure arose, and IF I was able to remain in equipoise, I could observe that the sankara brought u ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 6/10 Was being made aware of very deep rooted Sankara's. Sometime the whole hour of equanimity wasn't enough to move thematically reduce that sankara type. Very Obvious now whenever you indulge a sankara and break equipoise with grasping or aversion it propagates so many times mult ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1 1
Vipassana day 7/10 Started being very easy to move observation around in the sweeps. The daily Dharma talks really were well timed since the Theory was limited to our experiential level of the technique. The teacher answered many of my questions of the technique. The night before did the sweeps ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 8/10 Sweeping over and over going deeper, this was rough work, a real surgery of the body/mind complex.
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1 1
Vipassana day 9/10 Mid day they let up break the noble silence so that we could share and see how Vipassana during everyday life was suppose to be like. (Hint: way harder just to not generate new sankaras / it was more like damage control really to not cause any new deep rooted ones)
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana day 10/10 Day of decompression, could talk, most sittings became non-mandatory, trying to maintain equipoise state in daily life. Here is a UK guy who did a much more thorough breakdown of the 10 day retreat . http://ifeelstuck.co.uk/vipassana-meditation-retreat/
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipasana day 11/10 Sent out into the world, after final sitting and Dharma talk.
Mismos
over 4 years ago 1
Vipassana AM not consecutive but got a little more then an hour in. Will back fill the past retreat days as to keep a rough journal of what happened on the retreat. Conclusion: Challenging but fulfilling retreat http://www.dhamma.org/ If you have 10 free days give it a try! I feel there has be ...
Mismos
over 4 years ago 3