Finding Ease

Ease, like happiness, resembles Nathaniel Hawthorne’s butterfly, which, “when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Over the course of a weekend, we explored different ways of sitting quietly, and waiting for ease to emerge from the mind’s tangle of striving, grasping and aversion. We invited participants to sit in meditation; to sit in yoga poses; and even to sit on the rocks, looking out across the valley, and wait for ease to fly up gently from behind and rest upon their shoulders.

Taking a weekend away is a commitment to finding ease. The Buddhist