n the systematic teaching of Vipassana meditation, it is mindfulness of the body in stillness and movement that are taught first. Thus, mindfulness of the body becomes the ground for understanding emotions and mind states as they arise in practice whether they are pleasant or difficult. Moreover, for many meditation students practicing mindfulness of the body arouses various kinds of bodily energetic experiences that be confusing, alarming or enticing. This silent retreat will offer teachings and a time for discussion of such energetic experiences. Many subtle understandings in regard to stillness and movement will be explored. The primary focus of the retreat is to help you learn how to utilize body awareness more skillfully in your meditation and in daily life.
Phillip Moffitt is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California and the founder of the Life Balance Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study and practice of spiritual values in daily life (www.lifebalance.org). A specialist in guiding people through change and transition, Phillip combines dharma teachings with his years of practical and spiritual counseling experience to create unique learning opportunities. Phillip is the author of Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering (Rodale, April 2008), Emotional Chaos to Clarity (Hudson Street Press, 2012) and has written for numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Body and Soul, and Shambhala Sun.