The Powers of Meditation: Spirituality, Mysticism, and Heart Meditation
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"Absolutely first rate, A-1, and top drawer. I have sat with many teachers, Puran and the IAM Heart
course exemplify some of the very best in spiritual teaching."
- John Hakim Bushnell, Sufi in SRI
Dear Friend of the Heart,
The promise of the teachers of humanity is an awakening to a reality that was previously hidden. The stars in the sky do not vanish during the day, even though we can't see them. They are still there, but daylight makes them invisible. In a similar way, the vast wisdom of the heart is concealed by the reason of the mind.
There is no way to describe the life in which a mystic lives to the mind of the average person, for things are not as they appear. People are not who they seem to be, for their personalities are veneers over buried treasures. Circumstances have a meaning that is not obvious, and events are not happening because of the reasons one imagines.
Life would make perfect sense if we considered the causes behind the cause that is presented. Every event has a purpose to fulfill, and the future is pulling present events in the direction necessary to satisfy the purpose they are intended to serve. Life appears to be a mysterious and frustrating puzzle without the awakening that brings revelation.
The inability to appreciate life's beauty begins with a misunderstanding of the source and purpose of life. This is not a rational topic, for the mind is not broad enough or deep enough to encompass the question. Only in meditation can one access the inner resources necessary to find a satisfying answer, one that scatters the clouds of doubt and fear to illuminate life's path.
There is an illuminating presence that gives hope in one's darkness, strength in one's weakness, support in one's need and love at all times. This presence is within and without; we are within it and it is within us. It is tangible and dependable, knowable and accessible through our hearts. Seldom do we have the time or opportunity to devote ourselves to our awakening for five days, but this is what the retreat in Garrison, New York offers.
The meditations of awakening will be prepared carefully, to build up over days. In the environment created by a group of Heart Rhythm Meditators, with intense focus on their hearts and the heart of the group, openings can occur that an individual would not be able to experience on their own for many years.
Blessings to you,
Susanna and Puran Bair
Co-founders, IAM Heart
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Praise for IAM Heart Retreats:
"I came to the retreat feeling very confused. I had a burning in my throat, heart palpitations, and an overwhelming sense of anxiety about the state of my life.
I can not express how wonderful each and every person was. So warm, so loving, so welcoming. I felt free to speak my mind with no threat of judgment or criticism. The meditations were moving, deep, and effective.
I am leaving the retreat with a new family. I feel more grounded, have a greater clarity of my direction, and a better sense of who I am, what I want, and the greatness that I can give.
And a bonus...My heart palpitations are gone!"
- Amy Bassett-Wells, Teacher
"Deeply transforming, full of fun and ecstasy."
- Steven Winn, Entrepreneur
"This retreat was BIG! I loved the presence of Susanna and Puran. Sun-gazing - something I had
rejected in the past - was a brilliant surprise. The experience I had of being one with the
Universe and the One was ecstatic and a blessing I will harvest all of my life. Thank you. The
heart is the path to our personal and collective salvation."
- Pam Hale Trachta, Spiritual Mentor and Author
"This morning's sunrise meditation I was rebirthed. I thought there was a second sun above me and I realized it was me."
- Steve Paulk, Teacher and Healer
"I had been searching and longing for spiritual development for a long time and when I found IAM Heart
I knew it was the answer to my search. The retreats have been life enhancing and transformative for
me by helping open my heart which had been closed for much of my life."
- Dee O'Neil, Attorney
"This was life-changing."
- Margaret O'Connor, Psychotherapist
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The Garrison Institute
The Garrison Institute is located an hour north of Manhattan, on the east bank of the Hudson River in the Hudson Highlands, across from West Point. The 93-acre site was formerly known as Glenclyffe, the 19th century estate of former New York Governor and U. S. Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary built a 77,000 square foot stone and brick monastery and seminary on the parcel in 1923. The property was acquired by the Open Space Institute in 2001, which sold it to the Garrison Institute in 2003. The renovated facility now has sleeping and dining accommodations for 165 people, a meditation hall that seats 300, classrooms and meeting rooms, and geothermal heating and cooling.
Teachers and presenters at the Garrison Institute have included Adyashanti, the Dalai Lama, Rajmohan Gandhi, Philip Glass, Daniel Goleman, Mikhail Gorbachev, Paul Hawken, Father Thomas Keating, Sharon Salzberg, Pete Seeger, Roshi Enkyo O'Hara, Peter Senge, Lama Surya Das, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and many others.
What Happens on an IAM Heart Group Meditation Retreat?
Watch this video, recorded at our Santa Barbara location, to learn more about what happens on a group retreat led by IAM Heart:
This retreat will be personally led by Susanna and Puran Bair, co-founders of IAM Heart and co-authors of the three classic texts on the path of the heart. You will meditate with them, dialogue with them, and eat with them; you will get to know them, and they will know you.
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I learned so much about myself and felt I found my true home in terms of teachers to guide me to
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