Saturday AM - October 27 || 8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Awake Body, Tender Heart, Open Mind: Bringing Mindful Presence to Day-to-Day Interactions
Leader: Chris Trani
Type of Program: Special Offering
Fee: $20 per person
Inspired by writings on relational mindfulness and, more specifically, mindful communication, this program will offer an exploration of several Unified Mindfulness techniques that can support us and serve us in bringing certain qualities to our daily contact with others and with the world around us.
In preparation for this program, please:
Sunday AM - October 28 || 5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Cultivating Internal Friendliness
Forcing ourselves to express friendliness towards challenging people is about as realistic as trying to force ourselves to stop thinking or feeling. It doesn’t usually go well. The current cultural environment of political polarization and tribalism can increase the level of difficulty exponentially.
The Unified Mindfulness framework provides several practical tools and insights for expressing emotions in liberating ways. Instead of trying to feel things we don’t feel, this session explores ways to become more familiar with our emotional activations in real time and to fight with them less. We will also discuss emotional expression and suppression.
In preparation for this program, please read the following sections from Shinzen’s manual “Five Ways to Know Yourself”:
- Introduction to Basic Mindfulness, pp. 7-17
- Chapter 1 - The Way of Thoughts and Emotions, pp. 21-25
- Chapter 3 - The Way of Tranquility (Do Nothing), pp. 40-44
- Chapter 5 - The Way of Human Goodness, pp. 67-71