Bert Levitt's Bio & Details on Meditation Experience
Bert Levitt MA, LPC has been working with couples and individuals for over 38 years. He has seen firsthand that everyone has within them the ability to change. The skills set that Bert brings to his practice comes from a wide array of sources and experiences.
He has worked with abusive partners, addicts, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, chronic pain syndrome, and numerous other conditions, as well as all sorts of life and relationship issues. Working with couples to clarify intentions and act skillfully is a special focus. His marriage of 35 years has been his greatest teacher in couples counseling.
Bert has been nurturing and facilitating our meditation group here at NaMestoy since its birth in 2011. This is what he has to say about meditation: "My life long spiritual quest has led to my current meditative practice. The non-dual (not two but one out of which all things arise) way of meditation that leads to an awakened heart in the most direct way I know. Ramana Maharshi, perhaps the best known teacher of the non-dual way here in the west,also instructed students to meditate this way.
During the meditation time we search inside ourselves for the “I” we most fundamentally believe ourselves to be. The work is to put all our attention on the inner feeling of “I”, holding that feeling for as long as possible. Aides in this quest are questions to pose to ourselves; "From where does this 'I' thought arise?" Or "Who am 'I'”?
What we discover is that the “I” which we believe to be our individual self in the world vanishes when searched for. In it's place appears Absolute Being. Residing effortlessly and constantly in unshakable Absolute Being is the Awakened State.
Format For Meditation: Our first silent meditation is 15 minutes, from 11:00 - 11:15. Our second is 30 minutes, from 11:20 - 12:50. The third is an hour, from 11:50 - 12:50. The fourth is an hour, from 1:00 - 2:00, and the last is 45 minutes, from
2:10 - 3:00. We sit in silence together most of the time and take breaks occasionally for walking meditation and brief discussions. Participants may come and go as they please while still respecting the silence.