𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 & 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Meditation has infinite expressions. It can be active like when we’re playing a sport, washing dishes, performing onstage or doing anything where we are physically in motion. It can be passive as a classical seated meditator breathlessly fathoming the primordial nature of mind. Meditation makes us prone to epiphanies & experiences of being supported by the Universal forces. We call this ‘Being in Flow’ where we are doing the right things at the right time.
Afflicted meditation (dukha samadhi) happens when we become triggered and focused on something we crave to stop (annoyances/threats to safety/avoidant attachment) or to continue (selfishness/addiction/anxious attachment). These common emotions mainly occur unconsciously and perpetuates feelings of aloneness, being out of alignment, fatigue and frustration. We call this ‘Being out of Flow’ or, ‘having a bad day’.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧:
– The 4 main aspects of meditation & cultivating them in the correct order.
– How to completely relax the body without losing awareness.
– Cultivate a positive relationship between the conscious & unconscious minds.
– Separate impulses from reactions. We will identify the roots of where ADD comes from.
– How to compassionately & skillfully recognize ADD, work with & correct it.
– How technology affects our attention span & the mind ecology of humanity.
– The 5 classical obstacles to meditation.
– How to warm up for meditation using preliminaries.
– What is Shamatha meditation, its stages & relationship to insight (Vipassana)?
– The 4 foundational stages of meditation Finding a comfortable position & how to skillfully work with discomfort
– Identifying & balancing attention & awareness
– Constructively working with the emotional obstacles that arise in meditation
– Uniting the Conscious & Unconscious minds Cultivating Flow State
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙞𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙪𝙙𝙙𝙝𝙖 𝙂𝙤𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙖 (500𝘽𝘾) 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙣𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞 𝙎𝙪𝙩𝙧𝙖 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙣 𝙣𝙚𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙮𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝.
About Michael Hewett,
Michael is the Founder & Program Director of Vessel Academy. A musician of 35 years and Yogi of over 25 years, Michael has over 2,000 hours of Yoga trainings in Tibetan Buddhist Sutra & Tantra (open & secret traditions), Vinyasa, Ashtanga, ISHTA & Shamatha (mind training). Michael has completed four 30-day solitary Tantric retreats, countless vipassana retreats & guides people on their individual paths of growth & evolution.
His classes, workshops & retreats weave together dharma, asana, meditation, & live music to guide participants along their paths with scholarship & artistry. He is the founder and director of Vessel Academy & a graduate of Berkley College of Music.