Finding Ease In Difficult Places
Day Retreat (live on Zoom): October 8th | 12:30p ET/9:30a PT -to- 6:30p ET/3:30p PT
Maybe you’re drowning in overwhelm and trying hard just to stay afloat.
Maybe you are in a difficult place during stressful transition that invokes feelings of grief, fear, anxiety, and anger in you.
Maybe you’re just having a rough week.
This one-day at home retreat (live on zoom) is to explore inner practices to navigate through difficult places with ease – whether they’re stormy or mildly rough, or anywhere in between.
Through mindfulness and stillness alchemy, we will explore difficult emotional patterns as they arise in our sitting practice and in daily life.
Mindfulness and stillness alchemy, is about being fully alive and aware, without any preconceived bias towards what is happening in our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and environment in the present moment.
These secular and non-religious inner practices are about liberating mind. When our mind is bound up in difficult places such as, fear, despair, grief, anxiety, dislike/aversion — it’s like a sky that is covered with different layers of clouds.
The innate nature of mind is like an open and clear sky. The mindfulness and alchemy practice is to uncover our innate inner sky, freeing ourselves from any confusion and cloudiness. There is no state of mind that cannot be released or liberated.
Along with guided mediation we will use discussions and dialogue, to discover and learn the wisdom embedded in the wholeness of our being.
Using silence and connection together we will create a nourishing retreat container to slow down, reconnect with inner presence to return home to our heart and find ease in difficult places.
Collectively we will support and empower each other on this journey of becoming more fully present, gracious, and flow with ease in our day to day lives.
Day Retreat (live on Zoom): October 8th
12:30p ET / 9:30a PT – to – 6:30p ET / 3:30p PT
12:30 – 12:45p – welcome, logistics, introduction to theme
12:45p – 1p – Guided Mindfulness practice
1p – 1:30p – Talk on Finding Ease in Difficult Places -1
1:30p – 1:45 – Q & A
1:45 – 2p Lightly guided meditation and silence
2p – 4p Offline walking or movement practice and mindful break
4p – 4:30p Lightly guided mindfulness practice
4:30p – 5p Talk on Finding Ease in Difficult Places – 2
5p – 5:15p Q & A
5:15 – 5:30p – Share discoveries and discussions
5:30p – 5:45p Silent stretching / Break
5:45p – 6:15p – closing Talk
6:15p – 6:30p – closing ritual
I am offering this day retreat on a one time donation basis as this is a part of my training to complete the Mindfulness Meditation Certification program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. It will be recorded. At the end of the retreat you agree to complete a evaluation form which will assist in my growth as a mindfulness meditation teacher.
Please contact me if you have questions or need any information .
Prana is of Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and teacher of Ayurveda, Craniosacral, Inner Alchemy and Mindfulness practice.
Prana has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering (Pune University, India) and MBA (Sheffield Hallam university, UK) where he specialized in IT management and strategy. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego, USA).
He has practiced Siddha alchemy and meditation since 1980. Prana travelled many months in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, India and visiting more than fifty Tibetan Monasteries and learning different Buddhist and Siddha inner work practices to help in healing and transformation.
He has private healing practice since 2003 and focuses on helping people with chronic pain, physical and emotional illnesses. In his clinical practices he integrates Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Craniosacral, and Siddha Alchemy to address wide range of physical and psychosomatic conditions. He also has been teaching healing and inner work since 2003.
He offers one-on-one sessions and group retreats empowering your transformation into fullness and wholeness.
Please read the following important information before our meeting.
Adapted from Visions Inc., “Guidelines for Productive Work Sessions.”
We aspire to cultivate an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming learning environment where students, instructors, and all people involved are mutually respectful and kind.
Please, join online/zoom/live class on-time and with microphone muted. Please be comfortable and present. To reduce distractions please, mute or turn-off your cellphones.
“TRY IT ON”
Be willing to “try on” new ideas, or ways of doing things that might not be what you prefer or are familiar with.
PRACTICE SELF FOCUS
Attend to and speak about your own experiences and responses. Do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions about the experience of others.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTENT AND IMPACT
Try to understand and acknowledge impact. Denying the impact of something said by focusing on intent is often more destructive than the initial interaction. Good intentions are not enough. Listen and learn from the impact.
When speaking, substitute “and” for “but.” This practice acknowledges and honors multiple realities.
REFRAIN FROM BLAMING OR SHAMING SELF & OTHERS
Practice giving skillful feedback.
MOVE UP/MOVE BACK
Encourage full participation by all present. Take note of who is speaking and who is not. If you tend to speak often, consider “moving back” and vice versa.
PRACTICE MINDFUL LISTENING
Try to avoid planning what you’ll say as you listen to others. Be willing to be surprised, to learn something new. Listen with your whole self.
Take home learnings but don’t identify anyone other than yourself, now or later. If you want to follow up with anyone regarding something they said in this session, ask first and respect their wishes.
RIGHT TO PASS You can say “I pass” if you don’t wish to speak.
Whether participating in a live webinar or watching the recordings, please understand that students’ personal information, classroom participation, and course-related comments, images and media shared in forum discussions, comments and emails is to be kept confidential, held with care and respect, and is only presented for internal circulation within the cohort of enrolled students’ learning experience.
If you do not wish to appear in a recording, please ask your questions in the chat or turn off your video while you unmute yourself to speak. (Having your video on will NOT result in your appearance in a recording unless you unmute your microphone at the same time).
If you experience any difficulties, please email me (email@example.com) so I may assist you.
Before attending webinars, you will need to make a free Zoom account, which you can sign up for here : https://zoom.us/freesignup/
Please be sure to check for updates to Zoom, and install them, regularly throughout the course.
We strongly encourage you to have access to a reliable computer with a strong internet connection. While it is possible to access our online courses on your mobile or tablet device, it is easiest to participate in discussions and complete assignments on a laptop or desktop computer. Please install on your computer the most recent version of the common browser of your choice: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox.
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Thank you for joining us!