Wellness series starts with intro to meditation
CAMDEN — Mike Stiler will present a talk on Fearless Living: Nondual Inquiry, an introduction to meditation, at the next Wellness Brown Bag Lunch at the Camden Public Library on Monday, Sept. 10 at noon. The Wellness series is co-hosted by the library and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce; the fall series begins with Stiler’s presentation on Sept. 10.
Stiler’s talk will be about the impact of meditation on everyday life. "Nonduality means ‘not two’ and refers to the collapse of the almost universal illusion that consciousness and self are separate,” Stiler said. “This awakening is the intention of meditative or nondual inquiry, which is an investigation into the nature of reality. True meditation is an intimate exploration of our moment-to-moment experience. It has nothing to do with a meditative technique or method and requires only a willingness to allow what is to be without trying to make it into something else.”
Stiler will give an introductory talk to describe meditation or nondual inquiry. The group will then have an opportunity to sit quietly and “rest in what is” for 20 minute. Afterward, there will be time for questions and dialogue.
“When we learn to rest in what is, we discover a dimension of consciousness where we are complete and perfect just as we are," he said. "This is called ‘returning to our natural state.’”
Stiler is a teacher of non-duality. He first came to awakening in 1970 at the Rochester Zen Center with Roshi Philip Kapleau. Since 1986, he has worked with Toni Packer at Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry, where he came to the end of seeking. Since 2001, he has led retreats and meditation groups on Monhegan Island and elsewhere. Stiler is a 2012 graduate of the Advanced Nondual Teacher Training program led by Peter Fenner.
Upcoming speakers in the Wellness series at the library will include:
• Oct. 1, noon — Terry Cline on Architecture and Wellness.
• Nov. 5, noon — CJ Kenna presents “DeStress” using HemiSync.
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