Following the ancient teachings of Jean Absat – traveller and “pilgrim of the soul” of Occitan origins, who lived in Persia, Central Asia and Armenia in the seventeenth century – this practical workshop will be devoted to the relationships between contemplative prayer and body: wonderful and outstanding “instrument of prayer” enabling any sincere « seeker » to a direct encounter with his “invisible heart” and with the ocean of living light and silence that dwells in the most intimate part of us.
« Yes, totally empty, transparent and free, dance! (…) You are the mirror of the Absolute, but you do not know that. You are his own eye, but you do not know. You, his own body, his arm and his hand, which, in total freedom, shapes the innumerable forms and infinite worlds. (…) Now you can understand: every breath of yours is already praying. Every look of yours is already praying. Every step and every gesture is already praying: seashell laid on the sand and resonating with the voice of the All. Water that pours into water. Source that returns to its Source ».
Jean Absat, Corpo e preghiera: nobiltà di un filo d’erba (Body and prayer: Nobility of a yarn of grass),