Classes and Workshops
Imagination: An Integral Part of Liberating the Heart. Four Friday’s : February 24, March 3, March 10 and March 17 10 am – 4pm PT
Hosted online by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Our mind is naturally creative—it foresees and remembers, dreams and perceives. What we imagine can lead us toward or away from liberation. Imagination creates a physiological response which can heal or render defeat, explore ideas and possibilities, as well as sense how someone else might feel, which seeds empathy in the heart. What seem like simple perceptions are often imagined, and our lives are shaped by how we create a response to each moment.
Each day will be recorded and available for a limited amount of time.
A Body of Kindness: April 8
Hosted online by NY Insight
Loving kindness can be generated from the mind and heart, it can also be invited and sustained in the body. The body is where we sense, feel, and know emotions.
Love, kindness, generosity, and joy is invited and held in space and softness. Spaciousness and softness in the body is cultivated and like all things, what we repeat we become.
A Body of Kindness: Generating Compassion Somatically – In Person at The Tibet House NYC: June 8
Loving-kindness and compassion can be generated from the mind and heart; they can also be invited and sustained in the body. The body is where we sense, feel, and know emotions.
Love, kindness, generosity, and joy are created and held within space and softness. Spaciousness and expansiveness in the body are cultivated and can become an embodied state easily called into the experience. By attending to the subtle and bodily sense of compassion, it can be conditioned to be abided in more often than not.
During this workshop, we’ll practice mindfulness, meditation, visualization, breathing, and lying down in restorative postures to invite, feel and experience practical ways to make somatic room for the heart to expand and be readily receptive to compassion, kindness, and joy.
A sample of what we’ll be exploring in the workshop.
- Mindfulness of breath concentrated in the skull and pelvic floor diaphragms.
- The central channel and its benefits for mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
- The attributes and physiological effects of imagination.
- Interoception/inner awareness and the psychological and emotional benefits of being embodied.
“As we inhabit our body with increasing sensitivity, we learn its unspoken language and patterns, which gives us tremendous freedom to make choices. The practice of cutting thoughts and dispersing negative repetitive patterns can be simplified by attending to the patterns in the body first, before they begin to be spun around in the mind”.
~ Jill Satterfield, Tricycle Magazine
Some past events events:
Somatically Sensing: Knowing Thoughts and Emotions through Sensations hosted by SD Insight
This investigation of the felt sense of thoughts and emotions has the potential to relieve and release them without wandering into blame, criticism, identification or complication. A different approach emphasized in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta is to mine the sensations of feeling tones, thoughts and emotions in the wordless language of sensations.
Awareness Shift: Knowing the Nature of the Body, Heart/Mind through the 5 Elements, Hosted by Sangha Live
4 Part Series
Sensing the Subtle Body in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Practices to Cultivate Embodied Awareness hosted by NY Insight
Sensing the Subtle Body in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Practices to Cultivate Embodied Awareness
A Four Part Series, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 2022 . Can be taken separately and recordings will be available for 90 days.
Anxiety: It’s Not All in Your Mind, Resourcing the Body Somatically, Hosted online by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
The Embodied Mind: The Somatic Language of Thoughts and Emotions. Hosted by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
This class series includes:
Class 1: Somatically Sensing – Knowing Thoughts and Emotions through Sensations
Class 2: Stress and Sense – How Thoughts and Emotions Shape the Physical Body
Class 3: Resting and Relaxing – Opportunities to Restore the Nervous System for Ease in the Mind
Class 4: Inner Awareness – A Key to Self-Regulation and Care
Change Your Breath to Change Your Mind: Practice and Dharma talk hosted by Napa Insight
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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
~ Gautama Buddha
A Sample of Past Events
February 3, 2018, 10am – 5pm: Loving Kindness and Self Compassion: The Development and Embracing of Both
February 9, 2018, 10am – 4:30pm: Inner Awareness for Emotional Intelligence at Spirit Rock
March 5, 2018, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Profession, San Francisco
March 23, 2018, 4pm – 5:30pm: Open House Integrating Mindfulness into your Profession, Oakland
April 13, 2018, 10am – 4:30pm: Anxiety: It’s Not All in Your Mind, at Spirit Rock
May 5 – 6, 2018, Chronic Pain: The Choices and the Burdens, UCLA
May 19 – 20, 2018, Working with Stored Emotions and Trauma Somatically and Safely, UCLA
June 15, 2018, The Body as House, De Nieuwe Yoga School, Amsterdam
June 16, 2018, Self Compassion, De Nieuwe Yoga School, Amsterdam
June 17, 2018, Integrating Mindfulness: Anxiety, Yoga Moves, Utrecht
June 22, 2018 Inner Awareness, Triyoga, London
June 23, 2018, Body as House: A Somatic Exploration of the Mind Body Relationship, Triyoga, London
June 24, 2018, 10am – 5pm: Mindfulness in Motion – Integrating Mindfulness into Asana: For Teachers, London
July 13 – 15, 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm: Recharge & Reconnect: Inner Awareness, Resilience, and Self Care for Care Providers, Spirit Rock
August 22, 2018, Grand Rounds at Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA
August 28, 2018, 7 – 8:30pm: Napa Insight Dharma Talk
September 29, 2018, 10 -4: Napa Insight: Cultivating Our Inner Awareness: The Practices and the Benefits
September 22 – 24, 2018 The Foundations of Truth, A weekend at Triyoga, London with Venerable Ajahn Amaro
October 8 – 13, 2017, A Chronic Pain Management Conference for Healthcare Professionals,with Jill Satterfield, Lorimer Moseley, Fadel Zeidan and more. at the Kripalu Center for Yoga + Health, Lenox, MA
October 22, 2017, 11:30 – 12:30, Mindfulness at the Berkeley Museum of Art BAMPFA, Mindfulness at the Berkeley Museum of Art, BAMPFA