Turning the Mind into an Ally: An Introduction to Meditation with Janet Solyntjes
February 1–3, 2008
During this retreat, we will receive practical instructions for living in an awakened way through peaceful abiding meditation, which connects us with our mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength. The program will also include basic grounding in the principles of meditation, as well as contemplative techniques to gain insight into the state of our mind and the state of our life.
Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?
— From Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Also offered July 4 – 6.
Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness practices for over 20 years. She is the center director of the Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, adjunct professor at Naropa University, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and a senior Shambhala Training director.
Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and an MBSR Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet leads MBSR courses in Colorado and offers mindfulness seminars and retreats in the U.S. and internationally. She is the co-founder of the Boulder-based The Center for Courageous Living and is a teaching faculty member of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.
Financial aid is available for this program.