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With Theresa Murphy
Meditation is experiential. Experience it.
Recently I assisted another yoga instructor, friend and peer Rolf Gates, on a three-week retreat. The retreat was a 200-hour yoga teacher training with long days, hard study and practice teaching for the participants. Rolf currently studies with the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and is going through their training program. His work with IMS and his increased time spent on the meditation cushion inspired him to incorporate a silent retreat in the middle of the three-week teaching intensive. So, these yogis who have spent nearly two weeks doing 3-5 hours of yoga asana daily, several hours studying, several hours preparing/giving presentations, and one hour of sitting meditation every day, dropped into silence and stillness for 36 hours straight.
Now, 36 hours is a very small drop in the bucket. Most organized retreats run perhaps for a weekend, or more common is 10 days, some for the more experienced and eager, 30 to 90 days.
In the “real” world of everyday life, a typical pattern is thus: Get up, go to work, come home, eat, tend to house/family, maybe more work, maybe work out, maybe party, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day. We then fill weekends with other stuff, more housework, more work work, family time, time with friends, etc. There are a few who purposefully carve out 20 minutes to an hour every day for stillness.
When the yoga participants stopped the business of the training and sat still, there were profound results. For most, the realization was that our busy lives are only half the equation. This body and mind in busy mode, governed by time, is only half the reality of our lives. The other half is stillness and silence in timelessness; eternal peace, right here, right now.
In fact, yogic philosophy teaches this concept in every tradition and sect. There are variances in the teachings as to weather or not the two realities exist separately apart from each other, or as one, or in us, or outside of us. I believe the differences in yogic theory are less notable than the reality of our language being totally inept in describing the truth of the reality. Best option is to discover for yourself. It can be a much less daunting task in a group setting. For your support in this endeavor I’ve included Omaha’s meditation groups below. This may not be a complete, so if you have one or know of one, please enlighten us all!
Nebraska Zen Center
3625 Lafayette Avenue
Daily morning and evening meditation, meditation instruction, retreats
Community of Mindful Living
Holy Family Church
Meditation in the tradition of Tich Nhat Hanh
18th & Izard Street
Wednesday Night Satsangha
1216 Howard Street - OM Center
Depths of Meditation-Satsangha with Dr. Frank Morales
$5 suggested donation
2410 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue
Sunset meditation $10
First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass Street
Meditation group in the Mead Chapel (ecumenical)
And of course for those of you who want to move it, move it, there are still tons of great opportunities! Here’s the special yoga events list for September/October:
Global Mala Event
A Community Based Yoga Fundraiser at Hanscom Park
September 20: Free Yoga Classes ALL DAY, followed by a pot luck dinner. Classes taught by area yoga teachers and donations accepted for Stephen Center Homeless Shelter and C.A.R.E.
September 13 & 14: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, $250
Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center
September 21: Moving Through the World With Heart, half day retreat with Patrick Davis and Susi Amendola ,1:00-5:00pm, $90
October: Teacher Training Certification Program begins, YA 200 hours
Nirvana Pointe Wellness Retreat & Spa
September 6 & October 4: Wellness Day Retreat, $65
One Tree Yoga
September 13: Partner Yoga Workshop with Libba Harmon & Theresa Murphy, 11:00am-1:30pm, $25
September 6, 13, 20, 27: Beginner’s Beginner Series, 8:00-9:00am, $40
October 25: Chakra Yoga Workshop with Carole Westerman & Theresa Murphy, 12:00pm-2:00pm, $25
In addition to checking out the special events listed at the above studios, drop into any of the ongoing weekly classes at:
Omaha Healing Arts Center
Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More
Liv Yoga Bellevue
A Yoga Practice
Theresa Murphy is co-owner and director of One Tree Yoga and a certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT 200 level. She studies and works with Tias Little and Rolf Gates assisting them in workshops nationally and internationally.
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