to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
Experimenting with Nondual Mindfulness
A Daylong Meditation Workshop with Michael W. Taft
Saturday, September 28, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Please register here - http://notyourordinarymindfulness.org/upcoming-events/
The experience of the Source, as defined in Buddhism, is utterly nondual in nature. Bringing elements of nonduality into our vipassana meditation practice can make this experience much easier to contact. In fact, in some forms of Mahayana and Vajrayana meditation practice, we learn to contact the Source directly and immediately.
Come, explore, and experience this method of vipassana meditation practice with Michael W. Taft.
You will learn and experience:
- Nondual meditation techniques
- Mahayana/Vajrayana methods of working with vipassana meditation
- Several methods of contacting the Source
- Sharing and discussing deeper aspects of practice
- Elements of nondual philosophy
- A full day of practice, learning, sharing, and stillness
- A playful day of experimenting with Nondual Mindfulness
Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher, bestselling author, science fiction freak and neuroscience junkie. As a mindfulness coach, he specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training in groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, and Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. He regularly teaches meditation at Google, is core faculty at Wisdom Labs, and worked on curriculum development for SIYLI.
Michael is also a featured teacher on the Simple Habit app, and an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, and was the long-time editorial director of Sounds True. From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty-five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, and was a deeply appreciated teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He currently lives in Oakland, California, and is founding editor of the iconoclastic mindfulness meditation blog Deconstructing Yourself https://deconstructingyourself.com/
Drop into a Girlie Stories Gathering to join an instant community of womyn-identifying folks empowering themselves and each other via personal storytelling! Every last Saturday of the month, we'll check in with each other, experience some playtime with a community building activity, and then we'll share our stories!
Suggested Donation: $5 or whatever you can afford
Johanna Middleton is an artist and arts educator with a passion for creating spaces for others to share their own stories. She is the creator of Girlie Stories, which provides a platform for women and girls to empower themselves via personal storytelling through monthly gatherings, workshops, and productions. Johanna has performed her original pieces as a storyteller with KPCC's Unheard LA, Rogue Machine's Rant and Rave, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Last Bookstore, and even the Long Beach Transit! She debuted her first solo theatre piece, Timeline:27, a participatory storytelling show, at the Santa Monica Playhouse. As an arts educator and arts-based facilitator, she has worked with students of all ages in Chicago and Los Angeles. She is currently the Student Program Coordinator at Greenway Arts Alliance. She has facilitated storytelling and theatre workshops for UCLA, Black Women for Wellness, WeRise LA, and more.
Dance of the Clown
Sept. 8th - Oct. 13th (Weekly, Sundays Only)
Integrating The Dance of Realities
7-week series, Tuesdays starting October 1st
Cost: $15 (Drop-ins welcomed)
This movement-based class will explore the connection between our daily life practices and how those experiences manifest in our physical bodies. Together we will create a safe and fun space using tools such as journaling, discussion, music, and dance to bridge the gaps between our experience in meditation and studies — to the integrated embodiment of them, in the here and now. How do we allow our body and mind to support each other? In this class, we will explore and deepen the mind-body connection, allowing for a more integrated human experience. No previous dance or meditation experience is necessary; all are welcome and encouraged to join.
"Liberation Breathing is a Conscious Connected Breathing Process that Restores Your Mind and Body to Health and Wellness."
- Sondra Ray and Markus Ray
Breathing session is performed laying down. You will need a yoga mat, pillow, and blanket. Some yoga mats and blankets are available. Please bring a pillow and whatever else you need to be comfortable.
Suggested donation: $33
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