What to Bring: Please bring a journal and something to write with. Hot tea and water are provided. We have chairs and cushions for your comfort.
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
-From The Guest House by Rumi
Many of us live busy lives; we don’t slow down enough to really take stock of what makes us happy. Our lives are filled with good times and bad times. It is usually the bad times that stay with us and keep us down, trapped in a vicious cycle of self-doubt and self-shaming. What gets lost in our busy lives, is the concept of gratitude and thankfulness.
Gratitude practices help remind us what’s important, what’s positive in our lives, and how we can awaken our innate inner goodness. As we embrace the concept of gratitude, we learn that it encompasses both giving and receiving. Gratitude helps connect us to our family, our friends, and our community. Through gratitude, we can begin the transformation of cultivating an open and authentic heart, mind and body.
We will explore ways to evaluate our lives in the context of:
- What do you really want out of life?
- What do you really love?
- Who are you really grateful for?
During this mini-retreat, Ray will share with you inspirational stories, teachings of the Buddha and practical tips that will help you think about your life and your friendships, and to really understand what brings you joy and happiness in order to reduce your suffering and re-engage with your precious life. We will do guided meditations, journaling, small-sharing groups, wisdom sharing and a final gratitude meditation.
About Ray Manyoky
Ray began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2015 as a way to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Ray currently hosts the Frederick Dharma Book Club, is an IMCW Meditation Mentor, co-leads a Kalyana Metta group, and co-facilitates Jonathan Foust’s post-dharma talk Discussion Group. He regularly attends IMCW dharma talks and meditations led by Jonathan Foust, Tara Brach, and Adam Silcott. Ray is an alumni of Jonathan Foust’s The Year of Living Mindfully.
Ray has attended IMCW day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein, and weeklong silent retreats at Bhavana Society. Ray is inspired by dharma teachers: Josh Korda, Jonathan Foust and Jill Shepherd. Ray will start a two year Meditation Teacher Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in 2019.