with: David Nichtern
ONLINE - Zoom: July 22nd - 30th
Cost of Training:
$275/$325 within one week
Have you always wanted to develop a meditation practice but can’t seem to kick start it?
Have you practiced meditation before but never really taken the time to develop a formal practice and study the why behind meditation and why this mindfulness practice works for so many?
This program will help you gain a more complete understanding of meditation practice and the stages of the path, deepen your own practice, and prepare you to continue to level 2 and 3 where you develop your ability to present the teachings in a clear and genuinely helpful way to others.
Module 1: Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness can be defined as learning to bring our attention to the present moment (by focusing on our breath) and simply seeing what arises without bias or judgment. When our attention wanders, and we notice, we simply return our attention to the breath. Mindfulness is simple and straightforward. The benefit of this practice is that we become more synchronized in body and mind, and begin to relate to our world in a less distracted and more wakeful way. By returning our attention to the present, we can actually cut through the accumulation of stress and anxiety and develop clarity, strength and stability in our everyday lives.
Module 2: Awareness Meditation:
In Mindfulness we begin our practice by focusing our attention on one particular object – most commonly the feeling of the breath going in and out of our body. As thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions arise, we notice them without judgment or evaluation, and simply bring our attention back to our breath or the object of our concentration. In Awareness practice we begin to tune into the greater environment in which our focused attention is taking place – expanding our mindfulness practice to include our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and perceptions of our environment.
Module 3: Contemplative Meditation
In Contemplative Meditation, we use our thinking mind to deepen our understanding of a particular topic or aspect of our experience. This practice helps us to ignite our curiosity and to cultivate discernment (Prajna) that we can apply in our everyday lives. In the Buddhist teachings, we are encouraged not to simply take the teacher’s word but rather to verify the teachings through the lens of our own experience. In Contemplation we use our thinking mind to develop insight and perspective.
Module 4: Loving-Kindness / Metta Meditation
Loving-Kindness / Metta Meditation is a Buddhist approach toward opening one’s heart to others. It is ancient, simple, direct, and effective. It is a variation of contemplative practice. – working with the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves, friends, neutrals and enemies to cultivate sympathy and affection for all beings.
Recommended for yoga students, yoga teachers, social workers, therapists, school teachers, leaders in any field, etc. Meditation instruction and practice is a beneficial addition to all other modalities, including one's every day life and relationships.
July 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th 6-9pm