Body and space / matter and consciousness.

With Christelle Bonneau recorded on May 29, 2016.

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How can we become more grounded and more intimate with ourselves while becoming more spacious and free from endless random mental chatter?

Let’s explore in the ways in which the body is such a precious help for meditation practice and in mindfulness in everyday life. Let’s explore as well the central role of space, emptiness, into the practice of presence and consciousness. Maybe we could feel in a deeper way the very close interconnection between body and space, matter and consciousness, and see how the changing manifested reality and the limitless unmanifested world of consciousness are dancing together as one. And within this dance, who are we? And how can we get some real inner freedom?

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