february, 2019

sat16feb(feb 16)10:00 amsun17(feb 17)3:30 pmEvent OverWorking With the Distracted MindA 2-day retreat with Steve Landsberg10:00 am - 3:30 pm (17) Aligned Living Quadrant:Heartfelt Community,MindBody Awareness


16 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 17 (Sunday) 3:30 pm


The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Foundry Building Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533

Event Details

It is not difficult for us to notice how busy mind is. Consciousness of the senses make contact with their respective objects through the organs of the senses. We hear, taste, touch, smell, see and think. We evaluate and judge with acceptance and rejection. We navigate with hope and fear and use the emotions to protect and administer our domain. We solidify our limited vision with the glue of attachment, anger and ignorance. The separation of what is “this” and what is “that” becomes more distinct.

That is sometimes threatening, sometimes accommodating, sometimes neutral. Everything with its own particular structure, shape, and character seems very independent. We give order to our world with names and definitions, files, compartments and indexes. We begin to think we know what is going on, but what is going from our perspective is only the story line we are imposing on our experience. We are never satisfied and always seek new objects to captivate and distract our attention.

It’s not easy for us to be still and relaxed. We enter this large space. Fortunately there are chairs and seats arranged. We know where to go. We take a seat and try to relax. But when we are asked to apply our presence to the moment, we don’t know where to focus, how to begin. To apply presence we have to suspend our habit of projecting our own idea of what is going on. We have to suspend our collective idea of what is going on. Somehow we want to define it and limit the scope.

Of course if all we do is react to circumstances and appearances with habitual appraisal, then it’s not possible for us to apply mindful presence to our feelings and perceptions, and thoughts. As a result of continued distraction, we will always be governed by hope and fear. Somehow we must learn how to apply presence nakedly without some expectation or apprehension.

This retreat is appropriate for anyone with an interest in meditation, whether they have an established meditation practice, or are brand new to meditation.


— Schedule

10am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday

The schedule will include talks, questions and answers, and sitting meditation.  There will be a 1.5 hour lunch break on both days from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. The Aligned Center is located 2 blocks from the Irvington station on the MetroNorth line and offers beverages and snacks, and has a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator if you would like to bring your lunch.

— Teacher: Steven Landsberg

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Optional donation for both days can be made onsite

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