Relative Silence

The blog has been silent for a while, but I’ve been practicing and I’ve been on retreat and there is much to write about:

– The Concentration Retreat – collecting and unifying the mind

– Relax the body. Quiet the thoughts. Calm the mind. Cultivating contentment with what is.

– Energetic activity in the body understood as a form of Piti, or rapture.

– Balancing the Jhana factors and not getting caught up in attachment to Piti

– The malleability of the concentrated mind

– Merging or unifying with an object of consciousness

– Bringing the mind to the heart space and feeling the expansive quality of Metta

– Learning to seek balance instead of focusing attention on Piti and getting attached and out of balance

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