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.
There is nothing more helpful than having a personal meditation instructor to discuss it all with.
A meditation instructor is not a guru. They have simply practiced for longer than you and are trained to offer guidance to fellow practitioners.
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 (meaning, in daily life)
- 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 on the Zoom platform. The session is completely private. You and your instructor 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.
Instructors are available for 30 or 60 minute sessions.
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, along with the name of the instructor, followed by a time and date for your session. You will then be directed to PayPal to pay for the session. You may pay via credit card or PayPal account. After payment is processed you’ll receive a confirmation via email with a link and instructions for accessing your session. Please us 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 OUR INSTRUCTORS
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
Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD, CDN, is a writer, nutrition therapist, mindfulness teacher and Open Heart Project Meditation Guide. She is co-teacher of the Open Heart Project’s Meditation Instructor Training Program.
She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who works with individual clients and small groups. She is the author of Understanding Dietary Supplements, a handy guide to the evaluation and use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and botanicals for both consumers and clinicians, and more recently the memoir Drinking to Distraction.
Kevin Townley is a writer and performer. Since 2010 he has been studying in the Shambhala tradition as well as with the SokukoJi Zen Center. He completed the Interdependence Project’s teacher training program in 2012. He is passionate about exploring the interplay of meditation and art-making and encouraging others to bring their own innate humor and insight to their meditation practice. He currently teaches full time at MNDFL.