During this first retreat, the intention is to deepen personal practice and experience the MLP curriculum in depth. Mornings are spent in silence and afternoon and evening sessions allow for teaching, dialogue and reflection. Through learning and sharing together, the group planted seeds of deep friendship, growth and strong intentions for the year. We are delighted to get to know each of these dedicated participants, who truly show such wonder, curiosity and virtuous intention at becoming MLP mindfulness teachers. We look forward to seeing each member of the group both deepen their own mindfulness practice and prepare to bring an integrated approach to transforming lives with mindfulness.Inspired by the experience of the retreat, Dusty Sylvanson shared this expression of his experience.
“Our majesty arises in the nakedness of the present,
Escorted by attention,
on the path of patience,
In a chariot of loving kindness,
pulled by the steed of compassion.”
A former high school student of John’s, Clifton Johnson, recently wrote “I went from a kid in Mr. Bruna’s class learning about how to break the societal chains that bind me to interviewing him for a slot on our panel for TEDxCSULB 2017.” It’s a story of coming full circle, as Clifton also wrote of his attitude in life that, “I owe a large portion of that drive and motivation to this man.” John is honored and grateful to have been selected as a speaker for the event which is hosted by California State University at Long Beach on April 9th. The theme for this year’s event is “Threads Undone,” which John is excited to draw parallels with as he talks about the wisdom of a meaningful life. Tickets go on sale in January at http://tedxcsulb.com/.