We are offering a three-hour workshop during our mindful weekend retreat for those who want to drop by for the afternoon. The course will be offered by Lisa Blake, M.A., and we invite you to come by earlier and enjoy the beautiful walk to the beach or the use of the house. I do warn you, however, that if the weather is nice, the parking lot fills up fast, so carpooling and/or early arrival is encouraged. I would plan on a moderate hike of approximately 30 minutes up to the house.
This meditation workshop will encourage participants to engage in present moment
awareness through mindfulness practice both in seated posture as well as moving
meditations. By being present to our own experience we are able to grow compassion and patience
for meeting others and situations as they are without needing anyone or anything to
change. Our preconceived idea about how we should be or how others should be
causes us (and them) a great deal of difﬁculty.
This concept of should creates and contributes to patterns of suffering and
dissatisfaction because it leads us away from acceptance and presence with people,
circumstances, environments and things as they are. Much of this pattern is infused
with judgment, whether we recognize it or not, and judgment leads us even further from
the goal of non-judgmental compassion and acceptance. Of course, this often makes
difﬁcult circumstances even harder!
My mother had a plaque with an expression on it that captures this nicely, “Blessed are
they without expectations, for they shall not be disappointed.” I used to resent this idea,
until I came to appreciate the true wisdom inherent in it: that while it is good to have
goals and plans, life will serve up what it has in store for us along the path which may
not be part of our plan. When we open to our own experience and life as it is unfolding
without should and without judgment, we become greatly liberated by the wisdom of
The workshop will further develop this topic and meditation practices will allow
participants to explore and discover new ways to experience being open and present to
what is, internally and externally.
Lisa Blake, M.A. has taught meditation to hundreds of students as young as three, as wise as ninety and many ages in between. Currently, she teaches meditation to high school students and adults, both through her private practice and as a practitioner at True North Health Center. She is the founder of the Maine Mindfulness Project.
Please join us in mindful community as we seek to enhance our experiences through greater acceptance and awareness. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.