Real love is about developing a core within and an ability to love beyond reciprocating. It invites you to practice courage, as well as resilience, self-forgiveness, acceptance, gratitude, and letting go.
Join Sharon Salzberg, one of the most influential meditation teachers in the West, in her most recent work and upcoming release, Real Love. Move beyond the standard definition of love as intense affection, romance, adoration, strong attachment, and personal attraction. Discover how to redefine and explore a world of greater possibility to experience love in a more essential way, without the stale narratives perpetuated by popular culture. Move from feelings of alienation to reconciliation and peace while still maintaining your integrity. Experience and appreciate love as a more sustaining and sustainable kind of happiness.
Increase awareness and a sense of deep connection with yourself and others. Apply mindfulness and loving kindness to reach into your heart, open it, and take risks by breaking free of the limits and expectations of love. Create a spacious balance of mind that allows you a more direct, experiential relationship with love.
Identifying and acknowledging your habitual thought patterns is the first step in developing a greater sense of awareness regarding your moment-to-moment existence. With core mindfulness and loving kindness techniques and meditation experientials, be guided through methods that best align with where you are right now by:
- Acknowledging and reconciling the inclusion of loving with yourself, others, and the world.
- Connecting and fostering self-love and love for others.
- Enhancing your capacity to love and receive the love of others with acceptance and a new perspective.
In these practices, you are invited to return, abide, and dwell in the flourishing of your potential. Rather than fall in and out of love, rise in love. Experience more compassion and well-being, connection, and a stronger sense of authenticity.
This retreat is for both new and experienced meditators. Bring a cushion if you would like to sit on the floor. Chairs are provided. The Saturday night optional program offers time for questions and answers and guided meditation.
Course 171184 CEUs available
Date Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
Time 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sat. night optional Q & A 7:00-9:00 PM
Cost $340/300 by July 19
Place Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., near Northbrook, IL