“The pivotal role of self-responsibility”
This 2.5 hour lesson includes:
Perception: how we see things (or don’t see them) will determine in large how we will respond to them. This ties in with how we see our participation in the program:
Typical Class Sequence:
We see the universality of the busy mind and the potential of working with it.
The coming back is as much a part of the meditation as the staying on the object of attention.
Mindfulness training is the repeated recognition & acceptance of what is happening in our body and mind.
We note where the mind goes and what is on one’s mind; emphasize the importance of not repressing and suppressing thoughts or feelings.
A new way of learning:
“The best way to get somewhere in meditation, is not try to get anywhere…rather just let go.”
The body has its own language and its own intelligence. The possible breakthrough “aha!” experience. (Connect this theme to practicing the body scan.)
We Examine, the experience of working with the 9 dots and the theme. We consider expanding the field of awareness in problem solving and recognizing behavioral, cognitive and emotional patterns that arise when working with difficulties.
(Option: Consider different ways of seeing or not seeing and “Upstream/Downstream” article as a reflection on intervention and self-care.)
The introduction of sitting meditation with awareness of breathing as primary object of attention.
Awareness of breathing meditation.