Classes and workshops are oriented for beginners and those seeking to deepen the results of meditation. Content is technique oriented and presented in plain English with references to contemporary neurology, physiology, and cognitive psychology with perspective of early Buddhist teaching. This is not religious and contains no foreign words or cultural idioms for Asia. The underlying approach is based original or proto-buddhist practices found in the earliest texts.
Workshops and classes balance instruction and information with short guided practice and silent individual meditation. This approach accelerates leaning and is immediately effective. Classes and workshop sessions are progressive with each building on the previous class.
For people with previous meditation experience, this approach to meditation cultivates unwavering qualities of agile awareness along with uplifted relaxed moods and wholesome feelings. Traditionally, this approach is known as the brahmaviharas or heavenly mental states. The emphasis is on developing wholesome and healthy feeling-tones in conjunction with relaxed-awarenes that is directed inwardly. With awareness balanced tranquility, urgency and anxiety naturally fade away. The result is contentment and heartfelt happiness not dependent on sense stimulus. The class results in meditative experiences that are pleasurable and accompanied by an agile mind and uplifted attitude. This type of directed effort to mental and emotional development is sustainable in daily life and can be cultivated in active lifestyles.
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Meditation is a easy as smiling. Every time we smile, we selectively disconnect unwholesome feelings of worry, anger, and anxiety, and replace them with positive-wholesome feelings. Repeating this process as a meditative exercise gradually deconditions negative emotions from arising and promotes positive moods and feelings. Positive and benevolent mental states like friendliness, loving-kindness, empathy, happiness, and joyfulness can be cultivated to be increasingly prevalent in daily life using easy to learn meditative techniques .
With practice, genuine feelings of well-being naturally evolve and dominate resulting in joyful engagment, mental agility, and inter serenity. With practice these feelings of well-being grow in depth and duration. A mood of lightness and contentment builds internally and automatically carries into daily life, work, and relationships.
Mindfulness meditation is one element of a fully functional meditation practice. Mindfulness is the practice of observing direct experiences of body, mind, and emotions that may be present in each moment. Bare attention, observation, or the practice of recollection are good substitutes for mindfulness. In the broadest terms, meditation is a process is introspection. The opposite is extrospection which is what we do most of the time where we are constantly evaluating and thinking about with what we see, smell, taste, touch and hear. This mean that fully functional meditation begins by turning inwardly and allowing the world of the senses to fade into the background.
Classes and skill development cover a meditative process that engages four guiding principles:
1. Mindfulness or Observing negativity
2. Letting go and relaxation
3. Smiling or positive attitudes
4. Maintaining positive attitudes
The training principles combine a method known as the Six Rs. This is a practical system of maintaining mental and physical harmony for sustainable happiness. The Six Rs teaches us to go of toxic thoughts and feelings, and then change mental channels to an uplifted mood. By keeping wholesome feelings prominent, we are on track to develop right effort or harmonious training. This process effectively deconditions negative or compulsive habitual emotions that are the source of anger, conflict, and other self-defeating insecurities of life. The Six Rs is a simple mnemonic system of actions to help us think and act in harmony. Harmonious effort balances emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Once learned and practiced, we naturally awaken increased joy, compassion, and awareness centered in benevolence that expands in ourselves and those around us.
Thousands of people world-wide have found this easy to learn and universally effective. A few consecutive sessions quickly develope skills to quickly experience of joyful exuberance and dissolve the root causes of negative habitual tendencies. Cultivating these skills directly contribute to developing mental agility and attentiveness with positive life affirming thoughts and feelings.
Sessions / Classes
Creating a meditative home base. Learn how "feeling good in mind and body" makes meditation fun and interesting. Grow contentment by applying an uplifted attitude while disengaging from compulsive emotions.
Recurring distractions are our teachers. By recognizing toxic and painful thoughts or feeling, we learn how to decondition disturbing habitual reactive patterns. Disengage and fully relax with a smile is the road to relief.
Build seven key wholesome to manifest contentment. Learn to develop and balance mental qualities in meditation exercises known as the five spiritual powers or faculties.
Enjoy progress in the stages of tranquil-awareness. Smiling mind practice progressively eliminates distractions. Initially the mind settles, then it studies, nest composes into a agile clear balanced attentiveness of joyfulness.
Discover why the Buddha smiled. Learn exercise to = unlock contentment and happiness in active lifestyles. This includes, driving, shopping, working or just hanging out..
Big-Wow's and Ah-ha Moments: The stages of the brahmaviharas: sublime states of happiness and awakening.
A smiling path to awakening meditation is a series of classes hosted by Scott Jordan. Participants learn how to cultivate greater happiness, tranquility, and awareness. This is a mediative exercise that develops the feeling of loving-friendlines and contentment. It is interesting and fun to do with the benifits of being immediately effective. Classes combine instruction in meditative practice principles, short meditation sessions, and Q&A throughout.
Weekly call-in classes are open thought the year. Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 415.250.5294
This approach to meditation is fun to do and immediately effective. Short practice sessions offer immediate relief from worries and anxieties. Participants quickly acquire practical tools and skills that result in life-affirming up lifted change. Tranquil awareness practice deconditions the causes of unhappiness and lead to greater contentment in active lifestyle. Once learned, these meditative skills combine to decrease habitual reactive behavior and promote greater conscious responsiveness.
Presentations combine equal parts information and meditative training exercises that broaden analytical understanding of exactly how we inadvertently and unknowingly create anxiety, aversion, addiction, stress, regret, sadness that result in unhappiness. Each session presents meditative techniques and practice that decondition unonscious reactions and habit patterns.
Each session feature meditative exercises that promote calm and contentment to elevate tension— a root cause of stress and anxiety. The subject matter provides a practical foundation to embrace a constructive perspective to better understand how we repeatedly get caught up in unwholesome habits. This meditation cultivates greater inward harmony that results in external harmony based on mental and emotional balance.
Presentations are practical, concise and very enjoyable. Each session examines aspects of our physical and mental landscape that governs our happiness. The material presented draws from contemporary cognitive psychology, neurology, and physiology while based on the earliest known meditation techniques employed by the Buddha. This is a scientific approach founded on phenomenological principles that combine intellectual understanding with direct observation. The goal is developing awareness to reveal how thoughts and feelings originate; how they condition unconscious behavior and: how to deal with them effectively in real life.
Meditative practices and skill development is the counter part to the information and learning segments. Sessions provide participants a toolkit of techniques, protocols, and skill enhancement to quickly experience increased conscious attentiveness—the basis for responding to distress skillfully rather then being engulfed by habitual emotional reactions.
The core instructions feature a simple learning methodology known as the Six Rs. Participants learn to observe, relax, and release tension that can easily dominate the mind and body. This is the original mindfulness meditative training found in the earliest Buddhist text and made actionable using this easy to learn method. When applied as instructed, it simply deconditions the causes of unhappiness and promotes conscious attentiveness and emotional contentment.
Sessions include meditative exercises that are interesting to learn and fun to practice. Every session balances exercises, instruction, with Q&A throughout. As with any new skill, time devoted to practice is proportional to results. Once understood and trained, application of these techniques quickly deconditions mental static and physical stress providing a broad sense of contentment and well-being. Regular practice promotes, mental agility and emotional ease in all ages and those with active lifestyles.