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Meditative Inquiry Group Practice

Meditation practice

When we sit, we sit on a mat on the floor, kneeling or with legs crossed, or on a chair, quietly and motionlessly ... Why do we do this? ...

This sitting may make it possible for a human being to come in touch with an inner stability which is the free and effortless gathering and flowing of energy. It allows being in touch with the ever changing conditions of each moment, neither condemning nor acquiescing in the happening of each instant.

Sitting quietly, attending to the breathing, or just attending, may bring awareness of the ceaseless functioning of the human body-mind: the constant stream of thoughts, images, sensations, feelings, desires, fears, hopes, reactions, judgments, emotions, pains and pleasures...

Sitting quietly, questioning and attending profoundly, can the restless, agitated, murky pool of consciousness calm down and clarify itself?

- Toni Packer

Group dialogue

We don’t use the term “discussion” ... because the essence of what we are doing is not to discuss an issue, which implies analyzing it. It is not to win or lose in an exchange of opinions, it is not to help or give advice, and it is also not necessarily to tell each other our stories. If stories from our life come up as an illustration for something, that’s all right. If they come up and one is not conscious of them, well that’s okay, too. But the time for dialogue is best utilized if we look at a question or issue together, an exploration that will evolve as we go along.

The dialogue is not so much about our opinions, but is a pooling of energy resources because looking into something – seeing, questioning, and discovering – is applied energy. And to be careful – we all easily fall into the trap of monopolizing time. It is such a wonderful occasion for producing oneself as this or that, important or knowledgeable. Can we be sensitive to that? That’s partly what dialogue serves – becoming sensitive to the question: “Am I just trying to promote myself, to feel important, to get agreement or acknowledgement, pity, or whatever?” Often a motive like this underlies our conversation. One of the functions of group dialogue is to elucidate all of this and, maybe, out of this a new dialogue evolves in which we can discover together what is happening right now, even though it may be difficult to put into words.

- Toni Packer

 

 

 

Meditative Inquiry Group Info

Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group
Newcomers are encouraged to call beforehand to arrange for an orientation and/or meditation instruction.

For more information please contact:

Kirk Warren Brown (804) 828-6754
mi@ekojirichmond.org

Mark Bryant (434) 392-7916
markbryant108@gmail.com

Meditative Inquiry Group Schedule

Wednesdays

12:00 pm Sitting meditation 
12:30 pm Group dialogue
1:00 pm   Close

Sundays

7:00 pm Sitting meditation
7:30 pm Walking meditation
7:40 pm Talk and group dialogue
8:45 pm Sitting meditation
9:00 pm Close


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