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Please note this retreat will be held at Glenfrome Primary School, Bristol BS5 6TY.

 

In this retreat we will contemplate a natural sense of ease with ourselves as we are, and explore what gets in the way of that – in particular the conditioning of the inner critic.

This critical inner voice is a concept used in popular psychology to refer to a sub-personality that is judgmental and demeaning. It is usually experienced as an inner commentary attacking us, saying that we are bad, wrong, inadequate, worthless and guilty, producing feelings of shame, deficiency, and doubt. It is a major obstacle to the path because it doesn’t allow us to simply be as we are; according to its narrative we always ‘should’ be another way, so we reject certain aspects of our body and mind and disallow what is here in our field of awareness. So the rigidity and judgement of the inner critic makes it difficult for us to go deeply into ourselves.

Through meditation and inquiry exercises we will contemplate the conditioning of the inner critic and how it impacts us. We will also explore the alternative to this critical voice – a compassionate, wiser guiding quality within our hearts.

Laura will give talks and guided meditations, and make space for questions and comments during this day – long practice.There will also be two inquiry exercises in pairs where you will contemplate specific questions related to this topic.

How to book

For full details and to book a place on this retreat, please go to our online booking system Brown Paper Tickets and follow the steps. Please also see more information about our day retreats in general on our  ‘General information and practicalities’ page.

Laura Bridgman

Laura ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995, and was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until she moved out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. Over the past ten years she has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much overlap as this path incorporates several fundamental Buddhist principles and practices.