Meditation is more than a practice, it is a path. As your particular practice unfolds, a particular path also arises. You find that you are changing. Sometimes these changes are subtle and sometimes they are enormous–but they are always unique because you are unique. We all need personalized wise insight and kind encouragement to tread the path skillfully.
In this regard, there is nothing more helpful than having a personal meditation instructor.
A meditation instructor is not a guru, but simply someone who has practiced for longer than you and been trained to offer guidance to fellow practitioners. Most of you don’t have access to an “MI” because you do not live near a meditation center that might provide such support. The Open Heart Project can now offer it to you.
Shastri Nick Kranz has agreed to be the first OHP Meditation Instructor. Thank you, Nick!!
If you were to look up wise insight and kind encouragement in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’d find a picture of Nick Kranz. He is one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable MIs I know. We received the same instruction in how to teach meditation and thus we (you, me, him, everyone in the OHP) share a language. I am honored to bring him into the OHP community more closely.
What sorts of issues are discussed in an MI session?
An MI session is a chance to review how your practice is going. While you do not need a specific agenda in order to schedule a session, you may wish to discuss the following.
- A general review of your practice
- Advice about setting up your home practice
- Questions about posture
- Questions about the technique
- Difficulties in establishing the practice sustainably
- Observations of changes and challenges as a result of your practice–and what they mean
- Working with emotions in meditation
- Working with emotions in post-meditation
- How to go deeper in your practice
- Advice about practice during difficult life experiences
- General conversation about the spiritual path
Where do the sessions take place?
Sessions will take place by video conference. The session is completely private. You and Nick will be able to see and hear each other–however, if you prefer, you may each disable the video function and meet using audio only.
Nick is available for 30 or 60 minute sessions Monday-Thursday between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET.
RATE: $60 for a 30 minute session or $100 for a 60 minute session. Please book by using the drop boxes below.
*Open Heart Project Sangha members receive special rates ( $45 for 30 minutes or $75 for 60 minutes). When you book your session, please use the Sangha code for the reduced price. You may use it as often as you like. The codes can be found here on the Sangha News page.
If you would like to join the Sangha to receive this discount and participate in many other programs free of charge or at reduced rates, please click here.
To book a session
Please select length of service and a time and date for your session. You will then be directed to PayPal to pay for the session. After payment is processed you’ll receive a confirmation via email with a link and instructions for accessing your session. Please email Michele with any questions.
Note: if you are not on ET then the times showing in the booking calendar have been converted to your local time.
More about Nick
Shastri Nick Kranz has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. He has developed an approach to cultural transformation with the practice of Social Meditation, and worked with Youth Leadership development in the Shambhala community for the last decade. He brings the wisdom of meditation practice to businesses and organizations with www.mindfulinthemidst.com,
You can see his teaching schedule and video blog at www.nickkranz.com