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Meditation + Talk: The Power of Directing the Attention
May 24, 2024

If a person does not know to which port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.

— Seneca

Guest teacher Caverly Morgan led the Weekly Meditation and Talk and discussed how often it can feel like unconscious thought patterns can run our lives. When stuck, it can seem as though our attention is getting pulled from thing to thing. In that movement, we can forget that we have the power to place our attention where we want it to be. We can forget that we are in choice. 

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Guest teacher Caverly Morgan covered these topics in the weekly meditation and talk:

  • The notion that what we are unconscious to silently governs us.
  • The fallout of identifying with thoughts.
  • Recognizing a common block that keeps us stuck: the belief that “Whatever I do isn’t enough.”
  • Seeing clearly how habituated the attention is to wander about without direction.
  • Seeing that you have the innate, internal capacity to place your attention where you want it to be. To redirect. To be in choice. The result? Being empowered. 
  • The way in which you are not your thoughts. 
  • Exploring the ways your attention is habituated to move.
  • Asking the question: “What leads towards suffering and what leads away?”
  • Unpacking how energy follows attention. 
  • A concentration breath practice (dental floss breath) that helps clear the body, mind, and energetic system. 

About Caverly Morgan:

Caverly Morgan has been a spiritual teacher, non-profit founder, speaker, and writer who blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. She is the author of The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together as well as A Kids Book About Mindfulness. Caverly is the founder of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery.  She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally.

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