Meditation has been getting a very good rap lately. Very good. Scientists have proven that it actually makes you happier. It is included in health and wellness programs. It is being taught at gyms, schools and in the workplace. Rather than being associated with swamis and gurus, meditation has become acceptable and not scary. Which is great! However, meditation is so much more than the self-help technique du jour. 2500 years of Buddhist meditation shows that it is a spiritual practice that leads to true transformation.
One of the most notable aspects of this transformation is that it increases your capacity to love and be loved. It is not a mistake that meditation is so famously identified with loving-kindness and compassion. In this workshop, we will investigate the basics of meditation with special emphasis on its capacity to open your heart while also giving you the strength to be vulnerable and powerful.
If you want to learn to meditate, reinvigorate your existing practice, learn how to establish a sustainable home meditation practice, and focus on it all as a way to bring more love into your life, this rare in-person workshop is for you.
We will cover the following:
- What meditation is
- What it is not
- The biggest misconceptions and how to avoid them
- A thorough overview of the meditation technique
- A discussion of the various kinds of meditation and where they come from
- Establishing a home meditation practice
- The three most important factors in creating an ongoing practice
- Why meditation opens your heart
- How to work with vulnerability as a source of power
- How meditation supports you to be genuine, honest, and insightful
- The practice of loving-kindness meditation
- Resources for learning more and going deeper
As a special bonus, each day will begin with an hour yoga class from respected Austin yoga teacher (and founder of Stretch Yoga), Kaysha Patel. Kaysha is a graduate of the Open Heart Project meditation instructor training program and brings a mindful approach to asana practice.
Suitable for all levels of experience from none to lots!
And all students will receive a copy of Susan’s book Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation
Saturday, June 8
12:30 – 1:00 pm – Introductions
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Yoga Class with Kaysha
2:00 – 5:00 pm – Meditation practice and discussion with Susan
Sunday, June 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Yoga Class with Kaysha
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Meditation practice and discussion with Susan
This 7.5 hour workshop is only $79. It is already beginning to fill. I look forward to seeing you there!
Location: Stretch Yoga, 1621 East Sixth Street
Mats and cushions will be provided
Participation is limited to 20 students. Please book now if interested.