The Kind Heart: Compassion Practices for the Self and Others

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Thursday 11 October 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018
long weekend
with Nick Edge

On the spiritual path we may have the notion that our heart needs to be fully open in order to go deeper in our insight and understanding. This may be reinforced by inspiring stories of those who have lived selflessly and who have given of their heart to all that they meet.

However what if we feel our heart is too complicated?

Compassion and unconditional love, at times, flow from all of us. At other times our hearts can be troubled, creating an internal conflict which projects out into our relationships with others in the wider world.

The gift of spiritual practice is that we do not have to wait until we are an idealised version of our self. We begin right now as we are. One of the most important steps to take on any spiritual path is to learn to be kind to ourselves as we are in this very moment; coming to terms with those places where we may be at war with our story or our current experience. Slowly, with patience and with practice, we can come to love the person we are right now.  Many of the knots that bind the heart can be very challenging to face. However, in time, our practice can have a profoundly transformative effect on our hearts. The sense of inner peace and compassion that ensue will naturally radiate out into our relationships and interactions with others.

When we come to peace with our story and our own hearts, we find that any tendencies to be harsh towards others, or to judge too quickly, start to fall away. We don’t have to try to be more accepting of life; it arises spontaneously.

During this long weekend we will work with specific practices aimed at awakening compassion for the self and others – namely Metta (loving kindness), Tonglen (receiving and giving) and the Taoist practice of the Inner Smile. Together we will also practice asana, chanting, yoga nidra and kirtan to support the process of awakening the heart.  

Cost: 

£225

Deposit: 

£75
All deposits are non-refundable
You can also book and pay by cheque or bank transfer: click on this link
When in the ashram you can also pay by cash.

 

Starts: 

8pm on Thursday

Ends: 

after lunch on Sunday (approximately 2pm)

Plan to arrive: 

before 5.30pm on Thursday