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Lee Lesser

Lee Klinger Lesser [returntooursenses.com]

The simplest things are the hardest to learn. Mind skips ahead “I know that already”. Mind races away “I have important things to worry about”. A thousand distractions wait in line for their turn to invade the stillness.

A room full of people have gathered out of a longing to be more completely alive. A room full of people each experience the resistance, the distractions, the obstacles to their awareness.

Lee came to Toronto from San Francisco to teach a way to arrive fully into each living moment through Sensory Awareness - a very difficult thing to teach and to learn. The teacher's own embodiment of awareness is at the heart of her ability to guide others. Teaching the simplest things requires art and subtlety.

Many years of meditation, Sensory Awareness work and living life went into Lee's ability to guide us in explorations of consciousness. Her steady, warm and patient voice was a powerful support to return again and again to awareness. The simplest acts of sitting, standing, lifting, offering and receiving became gateways into deep experience. I felt myself arriving more fully into my own life.

Throughout the weekend, Lee returned to stories about her teacher, Charlotte Selver, and to stories of Charlotte's relationship with her teacher, Elsa Gindler. One thing that stands out for me is how sensory awareness is grounded in the experience of support - how we are supported by the ground underneath us, and how we can be supported by each other.

! Lee will be leading a 5 day retreat in August 2011 in Ontario!
[sensingretreat.wordpress.com]

this flower was the first poppy to bloom in someone's garden, and she cut it to bring it for me - such a gift! On my balcony, a little breeze rose and fell, lifting and lowering the petals, like breathing, and in the pause between breaths, I took this picture.

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    • # Neal

      Always happy to drop by. This combination is quite startling as are the photos.

      2008.05.30 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ana A. Negru

      It seems that the angle of your portraits is very similar with the flowers' angle. Brilliant idea, very suggestive shots and so beautifuly done!
      :))

      2008.05.29 Edited Reply Cancel