WHAT IS "INSIGHT MEDITATION"?
Insight meditation is a science-based mindfulness practice that is informed by both Western and Eastern psychology to help human beings live their fullest life.
This form of meditation allows a quieting of the mind, and opening of the heart, to welcome “clear seeing” of our lived experiences and the nature of our world, with curiosity and compassion. We practice becoming aware of what is happening as it happens, with kindness and an ever-deepening wisdom.
By understanding the neurological and psychological science of the brain, we are better able to manage our reactivity with compassionate responses. As we observe our thoughts, instead of being lost in them, we can free ourselves from the conditioning of our past and open ourselves to the life that is right in front of us.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl
“You can think of spiritual practice as a kind of spiritual re-parenting ... You're offering yourself the two qualities that make up good parenting: understanding - seeing yourself for who you truly are - and relating to what you see with unconditional love.”
“One of the essential tasks for living a wise life is letting go. Letting go is the path to freedom. It is only by letting go of the hopes, the fears, the pain, the past, the stories that have a hold on us that we can quiet our mind and open our heart.”
“Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.”
“The wonderful paradox about the truth of suffering is that the more we open to it and understand it, the lighter and freer our mind becomes. Our mind becomes more spacious, more open, and happier as we move past our avoidance and denial to see what is true."
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”