You are Warmly Invited to Attend
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.
September 12 - October 31, 2012
7:30 - 9:30 PM
|This class will introduce students to the first step in the practice of what is often called insight, mindfulness or Vipassana meditation.
We will focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds. We alternate short periods of silent meditation with an exploration of what actually happened while we were meditating.
We will cover the practical aspects of posture, how to cultivate your attention, work with your thoughts, and develop an attitude that fosters our openness to experience.
This class includes a daylong retreat on October 13, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Note: we will not meet on September 26 for the Jewish Holiday.
|Michael Shiffman, received his Ph.D from UCLA in 1994. Later that year he trained and certified in bodywork at the Esalen Institute. He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006. He has over 20 years experience working with family-based trauma, substance abuse and recovery, domestic violence, and anxiety related issues. He works with abuse and neglect, developmental, existential, and trauma related issues. He integrates the use of Somatic Experiencing and SE touch into his clinical practice. He teaches classes, trains therapists, and has a somatic therapy practice at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles.
|Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
September 12 - October 31, 2012, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
||We will focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds.
We will cover the practical aspects of posture, how to cultivate your attention, work with your thoughts, and develop an attitude that fosters an openness to experience.
At the end of the course, students will have the tools necessary to develop a meditation practice that continues to grow throughout their life.
For further information email
Michael@InsightCenter.org or contact him at 310-445-2160.
||Please use the online registration process for this class.
If you have any difficulties or concerns contact Michael at 310-445-2160.
Courses are limited to 14 people to assure personal contact.
||The cost is $300 for the 16 hour class.
Payment may be made by credit card on the Insight Center website or by arrangement with the teacher. The cost includes 6 two-hour classes, a six-hour daylong retreat, and CE units.
|Donations / Dana
||Dana is the Pali word for generosity. In the Buddhist tradition, teachers do not receive a fee for their instructions because the teachings are considered priceless and are thus given freely. Instead, they rely on the appreciation, kindness, and generosity of their students. For this class, the teachers are compensated from the course fee. Additional contributions to the center are fully tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the "Insight Center."
|At the Event
||Each session begins promptly at 7:30 PM and ends at 9:30 PM.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Students are encourage to arrive by 7:15 for tea and to transition from their drive.
Our Center has central air so if you get cold easily please bring a shawl, socks and other layers of quiet warm clothing.
Tea and water are provided.
|What to Bring
||Chairs, cushions and benches are available.
We suggest wearing modest, comfortable clothing and socks if your feet tend to get cold. Some participants like to wear a shawl or light blanket while meditating. Please do not wear any scented perfumes and turn-off pagers, cell phones and digital watch alarms during the class.
||Continuing Education Units are available for this course.
Psychologists:The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 16 CE units.
MFTs / LCSWs: The Insight Center, Provider Number 3830, is an approved provider with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course provides 16 CE units.
Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
This course provides 16 CE units.
All of our classes are held at The Insight Center in West Los Angeles, near Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvds.
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