A Path to Awakening Six Week Series | Every Thursday evening 7:15- 8:30 April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 At OpenEye. 875 4th St., San Rafael, CA.
_________________________________________ Session 1 Sublime Meditation: Create unity of mind with “feeling” meditation. Learn how to radiate harmonious tension-free mind/body feelings of kindness, relaxation, and ease. Session 2 Obstacles are Our Teachers. By recognizing toxic states, letting go, and relaxing, we learn how to decondition compulsive reactions while radiating heart-centered friendliness. Session 3 Unwrapping Happiness: Cultivate attentiveness and relaxation by letting go, breaking down barriers, and uncovering genuine happiness. Session 4 Steps to Serenity with Wise-attention: Invite stability. settling, composure, and stillness. Session 5 Discover Why the Buddha Smiled: reveals how letting go and returning to ease unlocks contentment during meditation and in daily life. Session 6 Big-Wow’s and Ah-ha Moments: The stages of the brahmaviharas: sublime states of happiness and awakening. _________________________________________ This Meditation workshop is offered freely. Dana to support OpenEye and Facilitators is very much appreciated and welcome.
A Path to Awakening: this six week series is presented by Scott Jordan. Participants learn how to cultivate and evenly balance tranquility and mindfulness to advance in the stages of insight and realization of Nirvana (Nibbana) as described in the Discourses of the Buddha.
Thursdays: April 27, May 4, 11, 14, 25 & 6/1 7:15–8:30 PM Open Eye Meditation Group, 875 4th Street, Suite #1, San Rafael, 94901 Classes and workshops offers informative instruction—balanced with meditatiive practice and discussion throughout.
Each session provide participants with practical tools and skill development to result in life-affirming change that decondition the causes of unhappiness and lead to greater contentment and well-being. Once learned, these skills and protocols combine to decrease habitual reactive behavior and promote conscious responsiveness that result in broad-based happiness and contentment as described in the earliest Buddhist texts.
Presentations combine equal part information and meditative training exercises that broaden analytical understanding of exactly how we inadvertently and unknowingly create unhappiness including anxiety, aversion, addiction, stress, regret, sadness and so forth. Each session presents meditative techniques and practice that decondition unonscious reactions and habit patterns.
Each session engages meditative exercises that promote calm and contentment to destress and immediatly elevate tension— a root cause of unhappiness. The subject matter provides a practical foundation to embrace a constructive perspective to better understand how to cultivate greater inward and external harmony. This foundation quickly develops a basis for effective mental and emotional balance.
Presentations are practical, concise and to the point. Each examines an aspect of our physical and mental nature that comprises and governs our happiness and well-being. Each session draws from contemporary cognitive psychology, neurology, and physiology. This is a scientific approach founded on phenomenological principles that combine intellectual understanding with direct observation to reveal how thoughts and feelings originate; how they condition unconscious behavior and: how to deal with them effectively.
Meditative practices and skill development is the counter part to the information and learning segments. Sessions provide participants a toolkit of techniques, protocols, and skill enhancement to quickly experience increased conscious attentiveness—the basis for responding to distress skillfully rather then being engulfed by habitual emotional reactions.
The core instructions feature a simple learning methodology known as the Six Rs. Participants learn to observe, relax, and release tension that can easily dominate the mind and body. This is the original mindfulness meditative training found in the earliest Buddhist text and made actionable using this easy to learn method. When applied as instructed, it simply deconditions the causes of unhappiness and promotes conscious attentiveness and emotional contentment.
Sessions include meditative exercises that are interesting to learn and fun to do. Every session balances precise instruction, practice, and Q&A. As with any new skill, time devoted to practice is proportional to results. Once understood and trained, application of these techniques quickly deconditions mental static and physical stress providing a broad sense of contentment and well-being. Regular practice promotes, mental agility and emotional ease in all ages and those with active lifestyles.