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POLISHING THE MIRROR OF THE HEART

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 that ‘merchandise’ because somewhere deep inside of us we know its worth. There is an art to entering our true heart and there is a price: the slow surrender of our limited self to the unlimited.

At first, for most of us, this giving over feels like an incomprehensible loss. Still, just like the moth, something draws us to this firelight; this merging we call love. Understandably, such a prospect may fill us with apprehension, uncertainty and the impulse to turn away. Yet, as we orient our life toward the heart, we discover tenderness and bravery. A tenderness and bravery so real and palpable that we willingly turn: turn toward our vulnerability, 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 this comprises what the Sufi’s call the accumulated “rust” on the heart. Sobering and healing, when used wisely, such insights into our conditioned vulnerabilities become polishing agents revealing the depth, wholeness, and luminosity of our humanity.

So, dear friends, take heart, this is our lineage - the path of love human beings across all contemplative traditions have walked for eons. In the good company of one another, this 4-day course is an invitation to explore what it’s like to enter and understand, sooth and relax, purify and polish the mirror of the heart. We’ll take our time to feel our way into this many-chambered domain of our humanness. Through meditation and awareness practices from the Sufi and Buddhist traditions, poetry and story, silence and stillness, music and song, movement and structured and spontaneous moments of conversation, dialogue, and inquiry we’ll learn to lean into the feeling of love, linger in love, and, so being, open into the fullness we actually are.

If metal can be polished to a mirror-like finish, what polishing might the mirror of the heart require?
Rumi

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 last year’s, it will not be the same course. You are different; I am different. By virtue of being alive, our hearts have been altered. This offers us the distinct possibility of entering this round of the course freshly.

Kurset starter onsdag aften kl. 19.30 og slutter søndag kl. 14 efter frokost.

Dagsrytmen er følgende:
Formiddag kl. 8.30-13.00.
Eftermiddag kl. 15.30-19.00.
Aften kl. 20.30-21.30.
Pris: DKK 3.400 / Studiepris: DKK 2.200     
Forplejning: DKK 430
Dato: 27-10-2021 kl. 19:30 - 31-10-2021 kl. 14:00
Sted: Vækstcenteret, Store sal
Underviser: Saki Santorelli

UNDERVISERE
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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