Infinite, Eternal and Whole:
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• Directed by Devarshi Steven Hartman
from “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita”
Experiential learning that occurs beyond the limits of your mind lives in eternal time. This is the promise from ancient contemplative practices that cultivate a heightened sense of awareness of the whole self. Consider the value of spending one week of your life in exploring the hidden dimensions of your natural intelligence. One week with yourself can give you a relationship of peace and inner stillness that will last a lifetime. In the pristine garden jungle of Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica you will discover the power of nature as your teacher for inspiring a heightened sense of awareness that endures all life circumstances and physical location.
The challenges and burdens of modern lifestyles leave us with a separation from our true nature-- longing for the sense of home with our inner self and belongingness to the world around us. Previous yoga teachers and practitioners have described the quality of the training you will experience during this particular week as “the training you wish you had received at the beginning of your life journey.” Why? Because learning the art of focusing our awareness in the immediacy of this new moment is a new beginning of your life journey. In this life-enhancing setting, you will learn and practice the fundamentals of meditation as set forth in the ancient yogic texts.
What do we mean by “training your attention?”
You will discover your personal way for directing your attention where it naturally wants to go, while also learning to detect the conditioned, habitual mental and emotional patterns that hijack your awareness. You will make friends with the power of your will as an ally to welcome the wandering mind back to the experience of your whole self.
This basic practice of developing your attention is at the heart of everything we seek for. It IS the starting line. Much of our cultural and personal conditioning comes from looking outside for a quick and easy way to skip the process of developing attention, reaching for the results of happiness and fulfillment. In our reach for immediate, quick fixes as remedies to feeling separate and unfulfilled, we experience disappointment and failure in our ability to find the sense of home within. We look for the easy way of reaching for the end, while the authentic beginning is already there. By developing your attention for remaining present in this moment, you awaken to the infinite realization the beginning is all there is.
By training yourself to take charge of your attention you will find that it is not as hard as you may have made it, as boring as you may have imagined, or as complicated as you may have been told. It is natural. It waits for us to rest in it. This ability to truly be present, to experience the outrageous moment fully, to become it, is at the heart of learning to live in your own state of wholeness, in union with the world around you. Yogis of all generations have described this state of union as “witness consciousness.”
Like life, meditation provides many doors to the same goal. Because everyone’s means of discovering one’s own Inner Witness is unique, this training will is filled with variety. You will explore your inner landscape through various meditative methods including: seated and standing stillness; meditation through movement and awareness exercises; exploring mantras, mudras and chanting; hiking, exploring nature’s messages; hours each day in silence, refrained speaking, and pranayama (yogic breath work). All practices will strengthen your ability to listen beyond your ears, see beyond your eyes, and invite internal presence and awareness. You will find the keys that work for you, and enable you to pass through the doorway of Atha (now).
What can I expect as the end results of my Meditation Training Retreat?
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