2019-06-08 weekend workshop

Befriending the Mind

One common misperception of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking. However, the purpose of insight meditation is to develop a more skillful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions.

During this two-day workshop, we will explore ways to befriend the mind, to let go of unhelpful mental habits, and to cultivate helpful ones: states of heart and mind that lead in the direction of greater ease, happiness, and freedom.

All workshop talks here

01 short guided meditation: mindfulness of body and breathing 15:20

Short guided meditation beginning with mindfulness of body and mindfulness of breathing, to help settle in to the workshop


02 instructions: befriending the mind 22:00

Introduction to the workshop theme of befriending the mind


03 brief instructions: calming the body, stilling the mind 3:27

Calming the body to help still the mind


04 guided meditation: mindfulness of the body, emphasising ease 22:43

Mindfulness of the body as a support to develop ease and calm, through a body scan inviting physical tension to release wherever possible


05 instructions: mindfulness of feeling-tone or vedana 11:21

An exploration of the role that feeling-tone or vedana plays in creating unskilful reactivity, when mindfulness is absent


06 instructions: perception and volitional formations 7:45

A brief exploration of the mental functions of perception and volitional formations, and how these can unconsciously strenthen the habit of identifying with experience and taking it personally


07 instructions: brief introduction to metta practice 10:32

Using metta meditation as a means to develop skilful perceptions and volitional formations


08 guided metta meditation 18:39

A short guided metta meditation using the “radiating energy” method to extend the energy of kindness in every direction


09 guided meditation: mindfulness of body, sounds, thinking 22:21

Guided meditation expanding mindfulness to include physical sensations, sound, mental activity then choiceless awareness


10 instructions: mindfulness of the mind 13:42

A brief introduction to bringing mindfulness to mental activity, including thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states


11 instructions: compassion and self-compassion 12:06

An introduction to compassion, with a focus on cultivating self-compassion


12 guided meditation: self-compassion 15:32

A short guided meditation exploring compassion for oneself


13 instructions: mudita or appreciative joy, gladness, including for oneself 7:12

A short introduction to the practice of mudita, appreciative joy


14 guided meditation: mudita 21:59

A short mudita meditation incorporating experiences of gratitude offered by the retreatants