meditation teacher training: mindfulness of sensations
with Marlie McGovern
Buddhist wisdom suggests that our natural state is fluid, supple, and clear. Why then do we sometimes feel solid, opaque, and stuck?
We can look closely at ingrained patterns of thinking for insight. Buddhist psychology identifies three primary feeling tones (vedanas): pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. Each is linked closely with a reflexive mental reaction: clinging, pushing away, and numbing.
First noticing, then gently challenging the seemingly inextricable connection between a stimulus and an unconscious, automatic mental reaction can soften the misperception of ourselves as rigid or limited, and open the gates of possibility for a fresh, skillful responsiveness —a more easeful, adaptable way of being.
Healthy self-awareness of pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral sensations and their affiliate reactions allows us the space and possibility for different choices, and an empowering taste of equanimity and self-directed change.
This weekend training will offer a theoretical and experiential grounding in Mindfulness of Sensations: Balanced Responsiveness practice, supported by practical application and personal integration:
- Explore the pragmatism of cause and effect thinking in the Mindfulness tradition, and discuss its myriad practical applications alongside meditation in secular settings
- Discover how to make space between stimulus and habitual reactivity, creating opportunities for considered, intentional responses
- Learn to discern pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral sensations in your own body, and develop language and cues to guide others in this powerful self-awareness practice
- Experience fully savoring and freely enjoying pleasant sensations without clinging or embellishment
- Explore tolerating necessary discomforts in life (within the safe container of meditation), without shutting down or numbing
- Practice relaxing into what is, exactly as it is right now, confident in your own skillfulness, inner resources, and adaptability
- Share in a supportive learning community (sangha) with your fellow classmates, and discuss how to facilitate and encourage community as a teacher
- Begin to develop the skills, vocabulary, and presence to successfully lead others in Mindfulness of Sensations: Balanced Responsiveness practice
- Practice leading meditation in one-to-one and small group formats, and receive constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment
This training is appropriate for those seeking to begin or deepen a mindfulness mediation practice, for yoga teachers seeking to knowledgeably weave meditation into their classes, and for therapists, physicians, pastors, caregivers, parents, teachers, and others seeking to offer the benefits of meditation to others. All are warmly welcomed.
Each weekend training module stands alone and focuses on a distinct foundation of Mindfulness. It is not necessary to have taken previous modules to fully participate in this module.
Upcoming Dates: June 2-3, 2018
Schedule: Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 1-8:15pm (this includes participation in Marlie's evening Meditation and Restorative public classes)
Marlie McGovern, E-RYT, MA, teaches meditative and somatic practices from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, informed by contemporary insights from Western psychology. Her academic background includes cultural anthropology, contemplative psychotherapy, and creative writing, complemented by years of contemplative studies through Om Yoga, Tibet House, and Nalanda Institute in New York City. Marlie specializes in Meditation and in Restorative Yoga. She created and leads Meditation Teacher Trainings and Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings for physicians, therapists, yoga teachers, and educators across diverse professions. Listen to her guided meditations here: www.marliemcgovern.com