Opening the Hand of Thought: Releasing Mental, Emotional and Physical Clinging

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Opening the Hand of Thought: Releasing Mental, Emotional and Physical Clinging
with Jill Satterfield
Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 10:00am -5:00pm

“Opening the hand of thought” was once suggested by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi as a means of letting go of grasping in the conceptual mind.

Both hopeful and intriguing, there are a variety of opportunities to release the literal, somatic or imagistic hands. Whatever the skillful means are to our consciously not holding tight, fixed views is spacious, kinder and with deeper ease. Cultivating spaciousness in the body leads to spaciousness in heart/mind and vice versa. Through these different doors that lead to the same place, freedom from what binds us – we will practice somatically releasing, cognitively understanding and emotionally allowing whatever it is that we meet with.


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Jill Satterfield

Jill is an international embodied mindfulness and meditation teacher. Her teachings integrate mindfulness, somatic therapy and contemplative psychology. She is a founding member of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training and teaches programs at Spirit Rock regularly. She developed Applied Embodied Mindfulness for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center trainings. Jill is also a guest teacher and mentor for Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, and is a graduate of Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. She has been featured in many publications including the NY Times, Tricycle and Shambhala Sun.