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Somatic Meditation Workshop

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Tara Centre

The Storey

Castle Park

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Our body provides the path of our practice.

Somatic Meditation involves a bottom-up process, we connect with the inherent wakefulness that is already present within the body itself. Somatic Meditation develops a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings, sensations, emotions, and a sense of the body itself. All we are doing is tuning into the basic awareness of the body. Put in simple terms, the human body already abides in the meditative state, we are just trying to awaken to that. In Somatic Meditation then, we realize that the ultimate meditative state is not found outside of us, in some other place; it is here, now.

We go through a jouney into the body to reconnect with every part, every atom. The journey takes us from lying on the floor in a relaxed state, to gentle movement, to a complete intimate connection with ourselves. Guided meditations, instructions, talks, and group discussions are offered, so that everyone will have the opportunity to master a graduated series of practices essential for making this journey to find peace in their lives.

Through the practice of Somatic Meditation, we gradually uncover the basic reality that our body is an expression of the sacredness of the universe. What is incredible is that this understanding is not theoretical, nor does it come through our thinking mind; it is a matter of our own direct personal experience. Here there gradually dawns in us the experience that the fundamental nature of our body is open awarenes; that this awareness is pure energy, pure life force. It is the means by which we are able to bring the expansiveness, warmth, and joy of our meditation into our daily life and integrate it with our everyday person, and to create healthy patterns in our life.

Somatic Meditation is an ancient practice found in the more esoteric traditions of Buddhism and Taoism. This workshop is offered by Rev Jitei White, an ordained Buddhist Priest.

COST of the day is £25.00. Booking is essential.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Whatever makes you comfortable in meditation and lying down on the floor (we have some cushions, benches and chairs but please bring your own if you have a preference). If you'd like to place something on the altar please do. Please bring food for your lunch, but please note that this is a vegetarian Centre.

YOUR TEACHER - Rev Jitei White is a Zen Buddhist Priest in the lineage of Maezumi Roshi in the Soto tradition of Zen. My teacher is Genshin Roshi, a student of Genpo Roshi. I have been a practising Buddhist for 35 years and a teacher of mindfulness meditation, loving kindness meditation and shikan-taza meditation for over 20 years.

My ordination name, Jitei, means Compassionate Gardener but as time goes on I am interpreting it as Cultivating Compassion, in others and in myself.
Of cultivating open-ness and humility.
Of sharing my life as a humble monk and gardener in the service of the world.
Of sharing the Truth that Love is the universal breath of the universe, we are the expression of that Love and meditation is the act of that Love.

I am co-founder of the Tara Centre in Lancaster; a place of healing, of retreat, of offering a place so that we can come to terms with who we are.

www.taracentrelancaster.org.uk
www.jiteiwhite.com

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