Meditation and The Mind: Awakening Our Spiritual Heart
April 22, 2018 - April 27, 2018| $900 if you register AND pay in full by February 12; $1150 thereafter due by March 12
“By conquering your mind you can conquer the world.”
– Guru Nanak
Meditation is the royal road to understanding your mind and cycles of thinking. Through the practices of meditation we develop an ability to concentrate and penetrate beneath the surface thoughts into greater states of awareness and bliss. The true aim of meditation practices is to induce the spontaneous state of meditation. As a practice, meditation can be used to train the mind, to allow neutrality in the face of any circumstances, and to attain certain states of consciousness.
Meditation has been practiced in many sacred traditions, but also it has become very rooted and proven in secular applications without the necessity of one particular philosophy or religion. All meditation traditions seek to help students know their innermost nature.
Meditation carries different meaning in different contexts. In classical and Kundalini yoga, meditation is a process that brings us into relationship with ourselves, and helps us to build a bridge between the outer and inner worlds. The true fruits of life begin to ripen when we learn to be still, when we gain control of our thoughts, sensations, emotions, and urges. We learn to cultivate our discriminative power that enables us to navigate both our inner and outer world with skill and grace.
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, meditation is described as the controlling of the thought waves of mind in order to sit established in our own ‘self essence.’ This self-essence is often referred to as our spiritual heart, or center of oneness. It is here we recognize what the Vedic Sages called ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ which translates as ‘The Ultimate Reality is you’, or ‘thou art thou’.
This 60-hour certification offers an in-depth look at the yogic model of the mind and the practice and application of meditation. It explores different forms of meditation that establish a relationship to the mind and ways to experience the Radiant Self. Participants will explore the experience delivered through certain meditation techniques and learn how to share these practices with their students.
$900 if you register AND pay in full by February 12, 2018; $1150 thereafter due by March 12. Lodging is available at Mount Madonna Center from $630 to $980. Sign up Early to reserve your space. This training will fill up fast.
Meditation & the Mind Course Goals
- Deepen your practice of meditation
- Understand the structure of meditation and the mind
- Understand your own mental intrigues and develop your capacity to be neutral and one-pointed
- Explore practices to awaken your power of discernment, your spiritual heart and intuitive mind
- Experience a variety of meditations and discover their purpose
- Apply these ideas and principles of mediation in our own practice, life and teaching.