by Mark Hart, IPV teacher
Our culture places a lot of value on mental acuity and on conceptual learning and knowledge. Most of our work involves extensive planning and concern about the future. It is no wonder that when people meditate, the conceptual mind often keeps running.
In meditation, the instruction is often simply to notice thoughts as they arise and then return to the breath or some other focus point. While this does indeed usually settle the mind at least somewhat, and over time gets us to notice and to dis-identify more from thoughts, meditators may find thoughts still dominate.
In this retreat I'd like to introduce some other techniques for stepping out of the conceptual mind that I have found useful in my practice. Some focus on moving energy and will sound more like Taoist teachings than Buddhist -- though in fact I discovered them for myself; some come from non-dual traditions. I will probably also talk a bit about the process of coming to trust non-conceptual intelligence more than Planning Mind, what I sometimes refer to as "falling out of love with thinking."
Come with a willingness to experiment and play with what I present.
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