What the workshop is about: Focusing is a form of meditation out loud. Done with a partner, Focusing gives one the opportunity to sharpen ones insight skills.
Often when we meditate silently, we can get lost in our thoughts and stories, or we can find ourselves having trouble staying with or identifying a difficult emotion.
The Focusing technique helps to maintain concentration, to cut through stories, and to become aware of what is truly important. Often awareness of our most subtle body sensations and emotions can lead us to tremendous insights. Focusing can help us to identify and stay with these subtle feelings so that we can investigate them and bring to light their significance.
During this workshop, you will be guided in learning the Focusing technique. There will be some guided meditation, teacher modeling, and ample time to practice and get used to various aspects of the technique. By the end of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to choose one or more partners with whom you could practice after the workshop is over.
Note: this is not a silent workshop.
“The Focusing workshop was very helpful and informative. I came away from it with some very practical skills that I continue to use in my meditation practice. Especially valuable was learning to identify underlying beliefs about difficult emotions, as well as the connection between body sensations and feelings. Stan did a great job in presenting the information and guiding us in practicing this useful technique.” - Terri P
"Insight Out Loud is an opportunity to learn techniques that you can use in your daily life at work, at play, and during meditation. The techniques I learned at the retreat last year have made an impact in my daily routine and provided me with greater self-confidence. Thank you so very much, Stan!" - Linda S
Cost: $60 suggested donation at the door. Pay what you can. All are free to attend, even if you cannot donate.
Teacher: Stan Eisenstein
Stan has been meditating for over 25 years and has been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for over eight years. He is founder and co-teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group. He has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is currently participating in the Meditation Teacher Training Institute taught by Tara Brach and others. Stan has taught physics to high school students for 30 years. He has a Masters in Social Work as well.
What to bring:
1) Lunch - We will have one hour for lunch. The facility has a refrigerator and two microwave ovens. There are some restaurants about 10 minutes away as well.
2) Any cushions or mats for sitting or lying on the floor. These are optional. The floor is carpeted and we will have well-padded chairs.
3) A sweater or jacket or blanket in case the room is somewhat chilly.
(see parking map below)
The easiest place to park is in the lot on the South side of Centennial High School (on the left side of the building if you are facing the building.
To get there, enter the bus loop (on the south side of the building) and make an immediate left onto a drive that passes through a gate. It looks as though this is an illegal turn, but it is not.
Park and following the Columbia Insight Meditation Class signs to room 406.
Questions: Contact Stan Eisenstein at IMCWColumbia@yahoo.com