UPCOMING EVENTS OFFERED BY BRIAN SHIERS:
Awakening in the Body
Using Sensation as a Path to Mindful Awareness in Everyday Life
For Mindfulness to be a profound influence in our lives, it needs to be expanded into more moments throughout the day. But why is this so hard?
One reason might be that our thoughtstream is so powerful that we either forget that Mindfulness is possible, or when we do remember, we tend to rely on thinking about Mindfulness rather than simply stabilizing awareness in the moment. This is akin to thinking about the genetic engineering of the Fuji Apple rather than quieting the mind to allow the flavor to be fully experienced in each bite.
We need another way to practice that is less vulnerable to discursive thinking. For many, the answer is the body.
There are numerous reasons why the contemplative traditions from which Mindfulness arises consider the body as the first foundation for practice: The body is always in the present; though it bears the burdens and blessings of the past, it contains all the possibilities of the moment to shape the future; and finally, the body never ‘lies’ to us: by tuning in to the language of the body, we gain access to experience our emotions, observe our thoughts, and intuit both our inner and outer worlds. Remarkably, as complex tissues conveying intelligence, the body’s systems are primed for awareness and integration, waiting to be activated.
In this semi-silent retreat, we'll practice with periods of sitting and walking meditation, gentle moving meditation influenced by yoga, tai chi, and other mind/body exercises, as well as practical work in which we do ordinary activities in an extraordinary way to discover Mindfulness in daily life.
Retreatants should dress comfortably for light movement and bring a yoga mat, a notebook, and a packed lunch.
Date: Sunday December 3rd, 201710am – 4pm at the LaMaida Institute in North Hollywood
Cost: $99 before October 22nd $120 after October 22nd RETREAT LIMITED TO 26 PARTICIPANTS.
Coming in 2018:
Minding the Brain
HARNESSING NEUROSCIENCE, NUTRITION, MOVEMENT, AND BRAIN TRAINING FOR MAINTAINING A VIBRANT MIND
Reclaiming the Warrior Spirit
Becoming a Soldier of Compassion
Weaving A Mindful Life
A Family Daylong Retreat