The Meditative Witness
With Tim Geil, co-guiding teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Saturday, October 26th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Retreat will be at Shalom UCC, 505 McMurray Street in Richland
Sponsored by Mid-Columbia Insight Meditation Society
The retreat will include both seated and walking meditation as well as qigong (a movement meditation form) and will be suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation students.
Cost of the retreat is $ 10 plus optional donation.
The retreat will be a daylong silent meditation retreat that will start at 9:00 am and last till 4:30 pm. Please bring your lunch (there is a refrigerator and microwave available).
Registration will open after September 30th Contact Chris Murray to register at: InsightMeditation.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Janaki if you would like to join the carpool to the retreat (email@example.com) from Walla Walla.
The Meditative Witness
Join us for an exploration of the meditative witness. This is an essential shift from being enmeshed and lost to observing with spaciousness and non-reactivity. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness explore this shift moving from body to vedana, to mind states, to dharmas. The meditative witness also needs the compassionate heart for balance, especially as we open to what is beyond the witness.
Tim Geil has practiced insight meditation since 1996 and was invited to teach in 2006 by Rodney Smith. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, he is the co-guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society. Tim emphasizes three expressions of the Dharma: investigation, non-resistance, and compassion. Our daily lives prove a tailor-made spiritual path for each person when we are willing to investigate areas of constriction and resistance. This reveals our personal suffering created by the illusion of a separate self. A deep sense of non-resistance and compassion brings balance to investigation. Relaxing fully into this moment is the essence of non-resistance. Compassion brings sensitivity and kindness as we meet all aspects of ourselves. This allows the heart's release into stillness. His relationship with his wife and daughter are a joyful and fundamental part of his dharma practice.