October 26 - 28, 2016
Registration opens Oct 10 and closes Oct 24
Friday PM - October 26 || 7-9pm Pacific / 10pm-12am Eastern
No Inside, No Outside: Dissolving the Body into Space
In Unified Mindfulness we often talk about "IN" and "OUT" which refers to our subjective and objective experience. Often these terms are confused with Inside the body and Outside of the body and we have to be clear about what we are talking about when we say IN and OUT. In this program we will actually explore the spaces of Inside the Body and Outside the Body in an effort to dissolve the boundaries between Inside and Outside and allow the inner space of the body and the outer space of the world around us to be one continuous field. No inside, No outside. We will also explore that different people have different directions that work best for their system. Some people have an ease accessing the space inside and then from there can expand out to include the space outside; others have an easier time starting with the space outside and then moving inwards from there.
There is no preparation required for this session.
Saturday AM - October 27 || 8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Awake Body, Tender Heart, Open Mind: Bringing Mindful Presence to Day-to-Day Interactions
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:
Saturday PM - October 27 || 1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
Mindfulness and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
We will explore the interface of mindfulness and clinical ADHD - both as a way of identifying and staying aware of the arising of ADHD symptoms, and as a way of developing leverage to counteract them. We will discuss techniques for increasing focus, presence, motivation, stability, life competence, and calming self-soothing.
There is no preparation needed.
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
Sunday PM - October 28 || 10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Jumpstart Your Concentration
Many people talk about how meditation can cause physiological changes. For example, the breath and heart beat often slow and stress hormones in the body can decrease. Few people consider the opposite causal relationship: how intentionally shifting our physiology can help us to meditate. We’ll enter this territory by exploring how slowing our breath rate can help us develop the three core skills of Mindful Awareness: Concentration, Clarity, and Equanimity. Slowing your breath can be a fun, interesting and effective strategy for quickly establishing momentum in your meditation practice.
In preparation for this program, please read:
Chapter 1 - The Way of Thoughts and Emotions, pp. 21-25 from Shinzen’s manual “Five Ways to Know Yourself”: