Polishing the Mirror of the Heart: Companions on the Path of Befriending and Love

Love is the merchandise
which the world demands.
If you store it in your heart
every soul will become your customer.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

When it comes to love we are all “customers.”  Like moth to flame, we are irresistibly attracted to this “merchandise” because somewhere deep inside us we know loves’ worth.  The heart is a wellspring and font of love. There is an art to entering this abode and a price to pay: the willing and gradual surrender of our limited self to the unlimited.

Understandably, such a prospect may fill us with apprehension, uncertainty and the impulse to turn away.  And yet…like the moth, something draws us to this firelight; this merging we call love.  As we orient our life toward the heart, we discover tenderness, bravery, and courage so real and palpable that we willingly turn.  Turn, kindly and steadfastly, toward our vulnerabilities: turn toward our hidden places, turn toward the ways we have been less than true to ourselves and in our relationships with others; turn toward that which has hindered us from embodying our deepest ideals and values.  All of these limiting, self-protecting habits are what the Sufi’s call the accumulated “rust” on the heart. Sobering and healing, when befriended, looked into deeply, understood, and used wisely, our conditioned vulnerabilities become polishing agents revealing our innate wholeness, nobility, and luminosity.

So, dear friends, take heart, this is our lineage – the path of love and befriending that human beings across all contemplative traditions have walked for millennia.  Experiential and highly relational, this course is an invitation to explore what it’s like for each of us to enter and relax, purify and polish the mirror of the heart.  Together we’ll engage in guided and silent meditation sessions, structured and spontaneous moments of conversation and inquiry in dyads and small groups, poetry and story, and daily awareness assignments intended to create an ongoing continuity between sessions.

As a mother would protect her only child with her life … cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.

  – Buddha

NOTE:   The chambers of the heart are numberless; the capacity of the heart to open and reveal the boundlessness of the universe is unending.  So, while the course title is the same as in 2019 this will not be the same course.  You are different; I am different; The world is different. By virtue of being alive, our hearts have been altered. This offers us the distinct possibility of entering the course freshly.

Wednesday October 27
7:30 PM Evening program

Thursday October 28 – Saturday October 30
9:00 AM Teaching session
1:00 PM Lunch
4:00 PM Teaching session
7:00 PM Dinner
8:15 PM Teaching session
9:30 PM Good night

Sunday October 31
9:00 AM Teaching session
1:00 PM Lunch

Attendance:   Participants must attend all practice sessions.

  • Pris:
    DKK 3.400 / Studiepris: DKK 2.200
  • Forplejningspris:
    DKK 430
  • Dato:
    27/10/2021 kl. 19:30 - 31/10/2021 kl. 14:00
  • Underviser:
    Saki Santorelli
  • Kursussted:
    Store sal, Vækstcenteret

Underviser:

Saki Santorelli
A Sufi and Buddhist student for more than four decades and former long-time director of the internationally acclaimed MBSR Clinic, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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