Strengthen your awareness of the present moment
Beyond all our cloud-like thoughts and emotions is a sky-like awareness that is always with us and is the essence of who we truly are. However, we are usually so caught up in ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ that we often lose touch with this awareness, this sense of simply ‘being’. In this experiential workshop, we will explore practices of meditation to help us strengthen our awareness of the present moment—reconnecting us with ourselves, others and the world around us. The focus of the workshop will be on self-discovery through meditation itself, along with plenty of time for interaction and clarification.
In this interactive and practical workshop, we will explore how to cultivate more presence and awareness in our everyday lives, bringing more peace, joy, and freedom to our daily experience. First, we will discover how to establish a formal meditation practice, as a stable base or foundation for cultivating awareness. Then, we will explore how our everyday life can be permeated or infused with this awareness. This is when meditation becomes really powerful—when it to allows us to be aware of and to be able to simply be more with whatever is happening in our lives, pleasant or unpleasant, without being swept away by it and without blocking, supressing or pushing anything away.
About Kimberly Poppe
Kimberly has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for the last 20 years. She has received personal instruction and training from some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time, and was encouraged to teach meditation. Kimberly leads meditation workshops and retreats around the world, including an annual gathering of top business leaders in Australia. She is also the co-founder of bodhi, an international community started in Amsterdam and dedicated to bringing a clear mind and an open heart into every aspect of our lives. Born in America, Kimberly has been based in France for the past 15 years and recently moved to Amsterdam with her Italian husband. She is also an accomplished photographer, bringing together meditation and creativity through the lens of her camera.
In middle of the old city center, at the lively Haarlemmerstraat, you’ll find one of the most important last standing 19th century churches of Amsterdam. The neogothic Posthoornkerk is a really magical place. The first stone was laid in September 1861. The three iconic towers were established in the same period that Vivekananda gave his famous speech during the conference in Chicago. Coincidence? We think not.
Why do we practice Inner Peace in a church?
Churches are designed to channel universal wisdom to the people. Their locations are always chosen with a clear mind, their energetic field functioning as the nadis of the city. These urban sanctuaries are charged with spiritual energy. By practicing inner peace in these sacred places, we tap into this energy. Here we can come in oneness with the universe and go beyond religion.
"The way Kimberly communicated reached in and opened my awareness. She conveyed such an atmosphere of acceptance and showed me how to work with my habits. An inspiring and loving presence."
~ Workshop participant