FALLING IN LOVE WITH WHERE YOU ARE: A Day-long Meeting with Jeff Foster
FALLING IN LOVE WITH WHERE YOU ARE:
"Stop Trying To Fix Yourself, You Were Never Broken!"
A Day-Long Meeting in Ojai, California, with Jeff Foster
At Byron Katie's Center for the Work, Saturday, July 19th, 11am-5pm
Join British author/teacher Jeff Foster for a day of taboo-busting conversation, restful meditative silence and deep exploration and experience in letting go of the exhausting search for 'something more', and being present with 'what is'. Together, we will explore the following:
- STAYING PRESENT even in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment
- Busting the MYTHS OF ENLIGHTENMENT once and for all
- EXPLORING THE ROOTS of depression, stress and anxiety
- Dealing with ADDICTIONS in a more conscious and loving way
- RELATING with each other from a place of deep acceptance
- Knowing WHO WE REALLY ARE beyond the story of past and future
PRICE: $100. Buy online now to guarantee your place, or pay at the door (if tickets are still available on the day).
LOCATION: Center for The Work, 213 N. Montgomery Street, Ojai, CA 93023.
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Habitually, we rush to avoid pain, sorrow, frustration and fear; we distract ourselves from these very natural energies, label them as 'wrong' or 'bad' or 'negative' or 'unspiritual', or even meditate or medicate them away. Sometimes even trying to 'fix', 'accept' or 'heal' something within ourselves can be a subtle form of resistance!
When, just for a moment, we make the radical commitment of not trying to fix ourselves and each other, and simply allowing things to be as they are, we may just discover that we are not broken, and that everything 'wrong' with us is absolutely 'right' from the perspective of the Universe. Our greatest pain may turn out to be our greatest teacher, our doubts our greatest guru, our deepest sorrow our most trustworthy friend.
We have been taught to think of 'healing' as the removal of symptoms, the calming of disruption, the numbing of chaos and the return to 'normality'. But sometimes we no longer have any interest in 'returning to normal'! The 'normal' was the problem, not the solution! Sometimes powerful energies just want to move in us. Sometimes hearts need to break wide open to make room for more love. Sometimes dreams need to die, plans need to crumble, doubts needs to rage. Sometimes all our ideas about life, 'spirituality' and even 'enlightenment' need to shatter. When we turn towards the present moment, however powerfully the storm rages, with a spirit of curiosity, gentleness and honesty, we may just discover unexpected gifts. When we get out of the way, perhaps true healing (the remembering of present wholeness) can really begin.
Join British author/teacher Jeff Foster for this special daylong gathering in beautiful Ojai, to explore the intelligence, wisdom, and creativity buried in the darkness and the shadows of our experience, hidden in the so-called 'negative' and unwanted aspects of life.
This will be day of talks, taboo-busting meditative dialogues and restful silences; a day of laughter, honesty and tears; a day of seeing our struggles, our fears, our sufferings in a fresh new light; a day of resting deeply, of letting go of the exhausting search for 'something more'; a day of being present with whatever arises in ourselves and each other.
Whether you are struggling with your life and are looking for peace and space amidst the chaos, or you are a healer or therapist interested in meeting your clients in a new way, this meeting is for you.
"Just to sit without expectation with someone who is in grief or fear or loneliness or despair, without trying to fix them in any way, or manipulate their experience to match your idea of how it should be; just to listen, without playing the role of 'expert' or 'enlightened guru' or 'the one who knows best'; just to be totally available to the one in front of you, and to walk with them through the fire, to hold their hand when they are broken - this is how we begin to heal each other through love. Beyond our roles, unprotected, unresolved, undefended, we truly meet."
- Jeff Foster
ABOUT JEFF FOSTER
Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of 'spiritual enlightenment' and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence.
The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment.
Jeff was voted #59 on Watkins Review's 2014 list of the world's 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published five books in over six languages. His latest book Falling in Love With Where You Are is now available from Non-Duality Press.
Jeff's website can be found at: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/
Center for the Work (View)
213 N. Montgomery Street
Ojai, CA 93023
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