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"Meditation is simply the practice of stopping and looking deeply. The result is a better understanding of the true nature of what is there inside us and around us."  Thich Nhat Hanh




Vipassana meditioin focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.


It can be translated as “Insight,” a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens. In this form of meditation, we use our concentration as a tool by which our awareness can chip away at the wall of illusion that cuts us off from the living light of reality. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that can dissolve stress, anxiety, anger, despair, emotional instability, and suffering resulting in a balanced mind full of love, joy, and compassion.


Vipassana is a gentle technique. But it also is incredibly thorough. It is attentive listening, mindful seeing, and careful testing. We learn to smell acutely, to touch fully, and to really pay attention to the changes taking place in all these experiences. We learn to listen to our own thoughts without being caught up in them. It is a process of self-discovery, a participatory investigation in which we observe our own experiences while participating in them as they occur.  


This practice is not directed to creating and holding a special state; it's learning to steady our attention on the present moment, finding a wise and compassionate relationship to this organic change of body and heart and mind that we are. To embody this loving awareness in every season.


Gentle Earth offers private and public Vipassana-guided meditations which can be done at corporate events, private in-home gatherings, wellness studios, and retreats. If you would like information about scheduling a meditation, please contact Betty. Blessings and peace.

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