TAKING REFUGE IN THE ISLAND OF SELF
A Daylong mindfulness meditation day with Restorative Shin Yoga
with Maya Nova and Wilhemeena Monroe
27 November 9.45 - 5.30pm
REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL by Wed 7th November
Attadipa Saranam (Taking refuge in the island of self)
My breath brings me back home to the island within, the island is peaceful, safe and abundant. I can rest here.
In our busy lives there is so much pressure to address what is urgent that there is often very little time or energy left to engage with what is vital and most meaningful - our own inner sense of wellbeing, inner peace and clarity and direction. Learning how to give the present moment our full attention can have a profoundly liberating effect on the mind. Come and join us at the SOUL centre for a day of silence, walking and sitting meditation and restorative yoga.
“You are going home, you have gone home to your island of self, and you are transformed into a place that is cosy and pleasant for you to take refuge in. Everyone has a hermitage within, very safe, very cosy, very comfortable, very calm, and they have to go home to that hermitage. The expression that the Buddha used is “dípá atta dípá saraná.” “Atta” means self, “dípá” means island, and “saraná” means refuge. “Taking refuge in the island of self.” This is the dharma talk that the Buddha gave when he was 80 to many groups of friends and disciples. If you rely on the outside, you get lost. That is why you have to go home and rely on something that is reliable, that is the island of self.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Maya has been practicing meditation for over a decade in various traditions and has spent two years ordained as a Buddhist nun. Currently she is inspired and guided by the Forest Sangha, and the teachings of Ajahn Cha, Thich Nath Hanh, and advaiata – teachings on non-duality, using learning from nature and mindfulness in all aspects of daily life as the basis of practice.
Wilhemeena is the founder and director of the SOUL CENTRE and founder of SHIN YOGA.