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Natural Awakenings Chicago

IMU to Host Meditation Workshop and Retreat

Sep 28, 2011 09:30AM

Bhashkar Perinchery

Start living each moment gracefully and joyously, and not be dependent upon specific external circumstances. Learn to unlearn the habit of becoming unhappy and the tendencies of entangling self within the ego. Inner Metamorphosis University (IMU) will present Freedom Lies Beyond The Mind, a meditation workshop, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., October 30, at their meditation center, situated in Chicago’s Rogers Park, and facilitated by IMU initiator Bhashkar Perinchery. Organized to assist people in finding ways of unlearning the habit of being miserable and instead, finding a route to living gracefully, playfully and joyously, this workshop offers practical tools for self-awareness and inner balance that can be used in everyday life.

IMU is also offering a five-day meditation retreat for Inner Silence and Harmony from November 1 to 6, in Wisconsin. The retreat offers a unique opportunity for people to leave their routines and habitual surroundings behind—often perceived as monotonous and tiring—to again recognize and notice the beauty and uniqueness all around them. Vegetarian organic meals, lodging and collateral book and DVD are provided with registration.

“This retreat offers a space for those who want to go consciously and become more familiar with the inner riches, the inner depth and mysteries, and find a balanced and creative approach to life,” says Perinchery. “It is a space to allow authentic silence, without getting trapped in seriousness, comparison and competition. It is to recognize the wonder and the beauty of the life that we have, so that we can live it gracefully and in gratitude. The methods used in the retreat can be applied further in the life process, so that it is not just doing the retreat and then going back into the old settlement in the usual way; but the retreat can be a context to reconnect to our inner source, so that we can also continue to deepen the consciousness in the day-to-day living beyond the retreat.”

Perinchery, author of The Source of Joy Within, has given individual counseling, led seminars and trainings and lectured at universities and symposiums all over the world for more than 35 years. The IMU helps people to discover deep inner peace, aspects of friendliness, respect and gratitude for others, as well as for oneself, via total dancing, breath awareness techniques, silent meditation, workshops, retreats and other celebration events.

Workshop cost: $65. Retreat cost: Choose either five days or weekend only, with an early registration discount before Oct. 10. Register online at More events and a meditation retreat are scheduled between Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 in Chicago and WI. Location: Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago (Rogers Park). For more information call 773-262-1468.