Conducted by Swami Anandakumar
Scroll down for the places, dates and contacts for the meditation programs scheduled for 2018 in New Zealand, Australia and Uruguay
Teaching meditation I always assume the wisdom to be there in everyone, that what wisdom I can connect with in me is speaking to the wisdom in you. But connecting with that wisdom is not automatic, it requires the right time, environment and focus, and sometimes guidance - that’s why these longer meditation courses. As the worldly activities get left behind after some time, the mind which was active out there gradually becomes calm. When the outer mind becomes quiet like that the way is open for a connection with the higher mind, inside, which is the source of our wisdom.
These courses clear the way for you to be able connect more directly with your inner life. As well as the length of the courses, the peaceful environment, the quiet we are encouraged to keep there, the absence of outside distractions all help to make this possible. And then the practices. Different techniques are introduced at different times as our inner perception deepens, so that as our practice evolves the different steps of self discovery come at the right time.
One particular practice which has been a part of these courses from the beginning will be emphasised more this year: that is a focus on the heart space. When the mind is calm the heart can open up. We may not feel free to do that so much in normal life sensing a need for some protection, but in this protected environment with like-minded people there is confidence to look more deeply in sensitive areas and find the beauty there that might be unknown, might be dormant, or might be already flowering.
It seems to me that the time has come when we want to take a step further and go deeper, that it is not enough to continue in the same mould in the same old way. This is done gently in the seclusion of our own inner nature. The guidance leaves you free to have your own experience in the privacy of your own inner space. This develops a sense of quiet confidence which can’t be described because it’s different than the usual.
If this is all making sense, then give it some thought and listen to your inner voice, where these decisions are made, and note down the dates. And if not this time, maybe another. We have the long view before us. Sooner or later there are things we have to face which are particular to this life. This way we can do it consciously, knowingly, with full awareness; you will find it fits right in with whatever you have found and tested to be true. Here you can let it become an adventure and a part of your life.
Launceston Tasmania, Australia 5 day program 13 - 18 February
Anahata Yoga Centre, S Island, NZ 7 day program 12 - 18 March.
Contact: Anahata Yoga Centre
Rocklyn Yoga Ashram VIC, Australia 9 day program 7 - 15 April
Contact: Rocklyn Yoga Ashram
Alice Springs NT, Australia 7 day program 4 -11 May
Contact: Shoonya Chaitanya
Hamilton North Island, New Zealand 5 day program 31 May - 5 June.
Uruguay, South America 9 day program 29 June - 8 July
Putting on a Power of Awareness course
If you think one day you might want to consider arranging a course, starting with a weekend non-residential program, please contact me: Anandakumar