Dharma Talk: Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
with Sharon Salzberg
9:00 PM (Friday evening)
at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)
From one of the world’s foremost experts on lovingkindness meditation comes REAL LOVE: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg. Sharon has created a field guide for anyone seeking awakened living in the 21st century - regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity or status. REAL LOVE is a timely, creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that encourage us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions. REAL LOVE will revolutionize what true connection and love mean to you, and empower you with practical and creative tools to embody it.
To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth. We yearn for connection with others -- but our minds get in the way, constantly spinning judgments about how we are fundamentally alienated from one another. As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.” We can train ourselves to change, to “hear” more of what is out there – and to “listen” less to our limiting and often self-condemning thoughts along the way.
With core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, and other meditation exercises, Sharon Salzberg will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning – to find a truer meaning of love for themselves, for their loved ones, for those they don’t know but with whom they share this planet --for all beings everywhere.
Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the Friday night talk and the weekend retreat will consist of guided meditations and time for questions and answers.
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