Med­i­ta­tion re­treat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE -

THE Me­di­a­tion Cen­tre and Sup­port Group is hold­ing its in­au­gu­ral two-day med­i­ta­tion re­treat in Port Dou­glas for any­one in need of time out from a busy life­style to calm the thoughts and learn med­i­ta­tion tech­niques.

The re­treat will be suit­able for both begin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced med­i­ta­tors and will be led by Cairns-based or­dained Zen monk Quentin Reilly, a spe­cial­ist pub­lic health physi­cian trained in well-be­ing and mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion.

Reilly has been host­ing re­treats in Cairns and teach­ing med­i­ta­tion for five years and said ev­ery­body is wel­come to at­tend.

‘‘What’s in­volved is sit­ting qui­etly, let­ting your in­puts from you eyes, ears, mind, dreams and other es­sen­tial or­gans slow down and watch­ing your thoughts and what sort of thoughts ar­rive,’’ he said.

‘‘It re­quires ef­fort, peo­ple have got to be able to just re­lax and switch off but in the mod­ern day life there’s a lot of mod­ern stim­u­lants like mo­bile phones and TV, tak­ing things from the out­side clouds re­al­ity of what you are think­ing.’’

The med­i­ta­tion re­treat will help peo­ple look in­side their own minds, which Reilly said is im­por­tant be­cause whether peo­ple have a happy or un­happy life ‘‘de­pends on how our thoughts are run­ning’’.

‘‘With our thoughts we make our speech and ac­tions and we de­ter­mine what hap­pens to us,’’ he said.

Me­di­a­tion Cen­tre and Sup­port Group Co­op­er­a­tive founder An­drea Col­lis­son said peo­ple will feel re­freshed at the end of the re­treat.

‘‘You will clearly be able to see how the mind grad­u­ally qui­etens down and how your aware­ness of the work­ings of your mind and bod­ily ex­pe­ri­ence in­creases,’’ she said.

‘‘Quentin has a re­laxed style, suited to our trop­i­cal life­style and doesn’t match the stereo­type of strict form and cer­e­mony of­ten as­so­ci­ated with Zen. His style goes more to the heart of bud­dhist prac­tice.’’

The med­i­ta­tion re­treat will be held from 8am on Satur­day, April 6, to 5pm Sun­day, April 7, at the Port Dou­glas CWA Hall and ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est are open now to book your spot.

The cost is by do­na­tion and for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact An­drea on 4098 5358.

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