Mini Meditation Retreat
This is an "open" meditation where you come and go as you decide. Anyone familiar with meditation is welcome to join for part or all of the session.
Eric will be present with eyes open and aware throughout, will ring the bell every half hour, maybe say a brief word of encouragement, then ring the bell a second time to resume meditation.
You may sit one, two, or more half-hour periods. Ultimately you are responsible for your practice, and here that takes concrete form where you can sit in meditation for up to 4 hours non-stop,
or at any time you can take a deep yawn, stretch, change your position, stand up, do walking meditation, take a break on the other side of the room, get a cup of tea, go to the beach for a while and come back, or call it a day.
Know your body and mind, push them but don't hurt them.
Feel free to arrive whenever you like, simply be mindful to minimize distractions when coming or going.
Meditation: persist in bringing your attention back to the present, following the breath, despite yourself, developing mindfulness. You also settle into yourself more deeply, with reduced mental fluctuations but clearer awareness, and make yourself more whole. Eventually your monkey mind settles down, your "body and mind drop away" and you experience the effortless effort and bliss of samadhi (the 8th limb of Ashtanga) which is available to everyone. Practice and all is coming.
Eric Berg has decades of training and ordinations in the Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions and has taught meditation to small groups for many years.