I studied Mindfulness with John Julian in Melbourne, Victoria which deepened my understanding of everyday mindfulness. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. The Mindfulness Center is a non-profit organization which promotes health and self-healing, for individuals and the community, through charitable, educational and research programs in mind-body practices.
The Mindfulness Center teaches evidence-based meditation, yoga and mind-body techniques that prevent disease and improve your quality of life, well-being and longevity. The purpose of this website is to inform the public and educators how important the issue of stress and burnout is in education. A look at individual and institutional factors, causes, and symptoms of teacher stress and burnout through the perspectives of meditation and mindfulness. Though they two are not synonyms, visualisation and mindfulness meditation are both effective mind training.
The reason great ideas just seem to pop up one after another when we sit down to meditate is because we are constant talking machines to ourselves. So set aside a time to create a discipline and a habit of sitting down with one pointed awareness. The post Vipassanna meditation, for freedivers, for everyone… appeared first on Apneista.
In the past month 2 more of our freediving instructors have challenged themselves with the practice of Vipassana. It is a process of constant redirection of the attention, bringing awareness repeatedly back to the present moment. We become aware of what we are thinking, feeling or doing or become aware of how mind perceives and experiences the world around us. It is cultivation of the silent witness, acknowledgement of the present moment without judgement, letting go as the present moment changes. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, anytime. Through mindfulness we become less of a slave to unconscious processes and patterns of behaviour. Normally practice starts with single pointed focus on the breath in the nostrils or the rise and fall of the belly, (depending on tradition). Vipassana is considered by many Buddhists to be the single most important teaching of the Historical Buddha, his other teachings essentially just support for this one practice. Vipassana is deep mindfulness practice, such an intense entering into the present moment that over time our perception deepens and becomes more subtle and the present moment expands into something infinite. This is NOT something that should be strived for, it is something that happens with the correct practice under guidance over time, naturally.
It is not a transcendental meditation practice, the experience is always firmly rooted in the body and the present moment.
In this way you realise that it is less important what is happening outside you than the patterns of energy within, which influence your response to external events. Warm feelings when you see something that reminds you of something good from your past, etc.Patterns might be of fear, anger, craving, desire etc.
But our everyday personality doesn’t recognise this impermanence and leads to much misguided thought and action. With correct practice we lessen our attachment to the everyday self, leading to a lighter and more intense living of life. With Vipassana we are going deeper than the everyday limited personality and below the language based part of the brain. While we speak we continue to stay on the surface of the mind, caught up in the thought games that the personality uses to define itself.
Meditation is a challenge for the everyday mind, which is like an animal that has free run of the house and resists losing any of it’s freedom.
The mind can resist the practice of single pointed concentration and can come up with many distractions. All of the rules on a vipassana course are designed to minimize opportunities for the everyday mind to distract and define itself. Vipassana is a very intense purification of the mind and absolutely not something to enter into lightly, a silent retreat might sound relaxing but in reality for many people it is the hardest things they ever do. I recommend all people of stable mental health and certain level of willpower to try it, especially freedivers and yogis. I normally recommend doing the 10 day Goenka course as an intro because the explanation is excellent and in 10 days you can go very deep.But it is also one of the more austere approaches with sitting meditation 10 hours a day, very much focused on purification of the mind.
Here’s a few words for the lovely and very dedicated Sarah Winick, the organiser of the local Bali courses. Hi All, We’re coming up to three years that we started the whole apneista project in Bali and the last year and a half has been really intense.
The post To all our students of Yoga or Freediving in Bali… appeared first on Apneista. We’re organising group trips to freedive with Mantas and other pelagics on the amazing reefs of Nusa penida, starting in May. We are teaming up with Graham Abbot, one of the most respected specialist dive guides in this incredible area to offer something really special, freediving, yoga and Scuba trips to the Eastern Dive Jewels of Indonesia.
Another bit of news is that we are now offering SSI certification alongside our own Apneista training system. On the beautiful bay of Jemeluk we are finally finished with the unending refurbishment and we now have what we firmly believe is the sweetest freediving shop in all of Asia.
Coming very soon… The best Master freediving course in Asia, with optional Yoga and meditation training. In the last year we have been so taken up with the building of our new training space that we have resisted taking on Master students. Our training space with Cafe is built right on Bali’s best freedive training spot, meaning that freedivers can easily spend most of their waking hours training on lines or freediving the amazing reef which is all the way up and down the coast. Some interesting effects when you film a recently reborn water babe on a go pro camera with  shroom-vision lens…magickristin,  the first video posted to the blog. The last while has been plenty of fun with really great students and interesting visitors sharing knowledge of their different fields. For city yogis, practicing Yoga in a beach- side sala to the sound of waves is a sweet luxury. Yesterday we had a very varied group, from one young Polio affected man to a mature lady of 67 years, pushing Lloyd off the top spot.
It’s clear free-diving if approached in the right spirit and atmosphere is accessible to all.
Some clarification on what we mean by a skill swap as some people might not immediately grasp the concept. We offer training in free-diving, Yoga Asana, Pranyama, meditation and related aspects of the broader science of Yoga, in a very special corner of Bali.
High on our list would be an ability to work design magic with word-press and help us with a visual overhaul of our website. A hospitality professional who has started up a restaurant or has enough interest and expertise to help us start our beach-side Organic cafe. We’re also open to other suggestions but only from enthusiastic people with a sense of humour. Apart from the beautiful new training space right on the beach, as before we have the beautiful blue right in front. Here’s some random pics to show what the vibe is like free-diving at Apneista, Amed Bali.
There will be Zen Mindfulness Meditation with guest Zen teacher Eshu Martin through Enso Meditation in San Diego. An introduction to Zen meditation and practice exploring the nature of compassion and emptiness. Whether your mind is still or whether it moves, whatever state it happens to be in, in essence it is an unidentifiable freshness, that has neither color, shape, nor attributes. Enso is the Zen circle of pure `emptiness', which both as symbol and action, exemplifies the freedom that meditation practice opens in us: to live fully, presently and awake. All my life I've been lazy hating anything solemn, finding light matters more congenial. Enso hosts workhops, seminars and retreats in meditation, creative and contemplative arts, and the essence of the wisdom traditions.

Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. Studies suggest that meditation does all sorts of great stuff for you, like increasing memory and awareness while decreasing stress and negative emotions.
Be aware of your thoughts, be aware of your feelings, be aware of any physical sensations, be aware of the sounds and smell around you.
This site also outlines and details the steps taken to generate a teacher survey about teacher burnout and stress in relation to mindfulness, meditation, decision-making, and supporting a productive learning experience for all involved. Even kids have heard of meditation and they know to sit and close eyes with index finger and thumb pressed together. There are hundreds of different meditation styles and visualisation is just one of them along with affirmations, mantras and chanting. A tsunami wave of great and not so great ideas, thoughts, emotions rushing into our mind all at the same time. There are different approaches to vipassana, both of them enrolled for the SN Goenka course, a particularly full on and difficult introduction.
Aside from Tantric Buddhism, elements of both are a part of most streams of buddhism, yet they are not religous rite or ritual.
It is a technique that provides insight into the true nature of reality, freedom from suffering and according to Buddhist teaching liberation from the cycle of rebirth. With time the body is so deeply felt that you become aware of the body as energy in flux, subtler and grosser forms of energy in flux.
We experience the body and broader reality in a deeper and more subtle way, our perception changes becoming more unified and less bound by the rational mind’s limitations. If we are in deep practice but then start to converse, then the everyday mind can leap back to re-establish itself strongly, making subsequent practice shallower for some time. The only issue is they make accessing deeper aspects of the human experience very difficult, at least at the beginning. Don’t leave midway, talk to an assistant teacher about your difficulties and stick it out. Other approaches are less intense, therefore maybe less traumatic but also taking more time to get deep.
We will continue to do what we do best, adapting training to suit the individual and expanding our curriculum, but now for those interested in Global certification we now offer SSI training as well. We didn’t want to take on Master freediver students while there was still ongoing refurbishment and the possibility of people having a less than perfect Master freediving course. But being able drop into the water right after and swim over deep coral walls is a free-diver’s idea of paradise.
Here in Amed we are lucky to have ideal conditions and  almost any depth we want, all a stones throw from the yoga sala. Depending on what type of commitment and synergy there is, there may be some economic reward, but only time will tell.
Eshu with his dynamic and engaging style of teaching will guide the evening in a combination of meditation and its application to daily living. Eshu Martin has been the guiding force behind the Victoria Zen Centre since his arrival in Victoria in 1995. Eshu lives with his wife Niki and their two children at the Victoria Zen Centre's main Zendo in Sooke, BC. Eshu is committed to increasing awareness of, and creating more opportunities for, Buddhist practice on Vancouver Island. Enso Retreat Center will also be hosting and offering to the community access to a comprehensive library that covers the range of the universal perennial philosophy and literature as well as Buddhist philosophy.
A large library of 'perennial philosophy' and Dharma literature is also available to borrow and study.
November 27, 2011 - London Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. It is also the beginning of single pointed concentration, which is necessary for the development  of insight meditation (Vipassana). This energetic sheath is responsive to thought and emotions and likewise influences the thoughts and emotions.
There is nothing wrong with these natural human activities, just not while learning deep meditation. Most other traditions use walking meditation between sits.Goenkas approach involves considerable pain in the legs through so much sitting. I’m not a meditation master, just someone has been trying to learn and practice it on and off(with more off than on) for 20 years. For those who want to get signed off for SSI,we will be running one day SSI assessments during May.
We have also set more lines at various depths and are now initiating some reef and beach clean ups, so that Bali’s best freediving spot becomes even better.
We have depths to 50 metres to suit beginners and intermediate free-divers and a chilled out atmosphere that is hard to beat. This helps us adapt training to suit circumstance and ability, meaning free-diving can truly be for everyone. Please join us for this opportunity to receive dharma teachings from the Rinzai Zen lineage. Ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in January 1999, Eshu was affirmed as Abbot by the board of directors and membership of the Victoria Zen Centre in November 2005, at which time he became the Centre's first full-time teacher. Deeply impacted by his mother's death when he was nine years old, his path to Zen Buddhism guided him out of an angry teenage life and wove through the world of theatre and martial arts. He served as Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Victoria's Interfaith Chaplaincy [masked]), is the past chair of the World Interfaith Education Association (BC) and has served as a committee member on the Vancouver Island Health Authority's Spirituality in Mental Health and Addictions Initiative. Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'. Dziokonski, who was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam and a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a Combat "V," considers himself a strong man, a self-described curmudgeon. Here at Apneista in Amed, Bali, our yoga teacher training program includes learning about methods to discipline our minds through both meditation and visualisation. If we do not cultivate an ability or discipline to steer and clear those waves of thoughts, even the most effective visualization can be just a cover up for another thought and it would only create agitation, anxiety and more destructive, unproductive thoughts that would hinder your performance (if it is being used for freediving) or your well-being. And so when we do sit down to meditate, our minds see a little gap of silence and all of a sudden, we can see things very clearly, kind of like that Limitless pill Bradley Cooper took. In a yoga asana (posture) class, you may hear a phrase “Set your Drishthi” and it is understood to mean “focus your gaze on one single point.” Now imagine, if you had a gaze point on one single point and nothing else, your eyes will get tired first then everything else around that one point will be blur.
Eshu ended his affiliation with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, and with Rinzai-ji Inc., Joshu Roshi's organization.
So when he found himself at the top of a mountain crying over a dead butterfly, he knew he needed help.
But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive.
Well, not that dramatic but slowly, we have more gaps and pockets of real presence that allows our visualisation to become more precise and effective.
When you do someting, if you fix your mind on the activity with some confidence, the quality of your state of mind is the activity itself. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International. In future, we will be looking at more visualisation and mindfulness meditation techniques suitable for yoga practitioners and freedivers. Eshu has trained [masked]) with Kozan Gentei Osho, Abbot of the North Carolina Zen Center, and is currently continuing his training with Kokan Genjo Marinello Osho, Abbot of Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji in Seattle Washington.
You will soon crash into a ditch pretty easily even though you were “focused.” The yogic focus point, Drishthi teaches us that in order to effectively use our concentration, we must do so with softness (or Sukha).
Cimini, the founding director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness in West Boylston, designed to alleviate the symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder.
As we focus on one point, we still invite other things in your vision to enter so that you are taking in necessary information as you settle your mind on a single point.

Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard.
You’d want to focus on your target and at the same time, you keep all options at the back of your mind because we cannot see everything that is going on. At home my personal life was in tatters.Stress just kept growing and compounding on itself! We need to keep our mind open to all things that may be helpful to what we are trying to achieve. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil," he said.
I took out my frustration on my wife and kids.Because of the choices I made, my wife and kids left me.
So this week in our yoga teacher training workshop, we’ll emphasise Drishthi as a balance of steadiness(sthira) in gaze and softness of focus (sukha). He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.
With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility. As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski. This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican". It all culminated one day when I got a panic attack while driving to work and I almost got killed in an accident.
The war was in our living room," Dziokonski said, recalling the firefights that were being broadcast on the nightly news.
In fact, Dziokonski had asked her to teach a class at the Worcester Veterans Center, which fellow veterans later decided to continue.
After some more research and a few setbacks I found the correct set of books and a good teacher.
In addition, she is the co-author of a study that will appear in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Hatha Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." The study was done by Maj. Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini.
She is also working with Worcester State University to study the effect of the Yoga Warrior program on military students at the university.
I became more aware of what was going on in my mind as I went through the life.I started noticing more clearly the thoughts, urges and impulses passing through my mind.
Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn is one of the local studios offering the Yoga Warriors class with a certified instructor. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn began offering a Yoga Warriors class in September, and is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. Many Vietnam veterans are enrolled in Yoga Warriors, and also some World War II veterans, and now Iraq War veterans. And based on this inquiry I started taking action.I started noticing, when I suspected I annoyed my boss. Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later. I realized it was just my false suspicion.But there were a few times she did point specific things that she wanted me to change.
But for the right reasons.This let me on a path where I became an ardent student of mindfulness and meditation.
I started taking necessary training at Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts.I attended a 7 day retreat that Dr. I also become proficient with several different types of meditations.I realized it is possible for a person to never feel panicked, worried, anxious or stressed. No wonder since time immemorial people have used mediation to liberate themselves from all types of suffering.We may not want to become enlightened beings, but we can skillfully use mindfulness and meditation to greatly reduce stress, anxiety, depression in our lives and bring a sense of calm, peace, contentment and well being.Luckily scientist have found that when you start practicing meditation to cultivate mindfulness there are other benefits that are available to youSlowdown Your Aging! Telomere is responsible for chromosome integrity and makes cells last longer, which means you age slower!!You Can Heal Faster Mindfulness meditation makes you heal faster. Psoriasis patients who meditated, healed 4 times faster compared to the patients who didn't meditate.Improve Your Immunity Mindfulness meditation improves immunity. Classes are mainly comprised of lectures, guided meditations, feedback about mediation experience, small group discussion and your personal practice tuning.You will learn in depth what mindfulness really is and what meditation really is.
What is mindfulness, what is meditation and what is mindfulness meditation.What is the relationship between mindfulness and meditation. How to actually do meditation step by step.How to avoid one mistake that majority of new meditators do that leaves their meditation ineffective. How to form a daily meditation habit even with your busy daily schedule.How to get motivated to form a regular mediation habit. How to consistently experience the benefits of meditation How to layoff antidepressants or anti-anxiety or blood pressure reducing medication. What are the benefits of mindfulness that are backed by scientific evidence.How much and how long to meditate in order to start experiencing the benefits. What attitudes if cultivated along the mindfulness practice can help you get much more out of the practice? How to bring mindfulness to the physical body and why doing so is extremely helpful.How to cultivate mindfulness without meditating, just during the hustle and bustle of daily lives.
How to meditate without sitting still and how to meditate while exercising or working out at the gym. How mindfulness can reduce or totally eliminate chronic or non-chronic physical pain.How to correctly meditate with music and the sounds.
How to use mindfulness to prevent difficult ruminations and worrying thoughts from driving us and people around us crazy. One simple trick that takes the charge off of difficult thoughts.How to communicate mindfully and save your fragile relationship or build new lasting relationships. Simple language is used to communicate mindfulness and meditation concepts.There will be plenty of simple exercises for you to choose from. These notes are cumulatively summarized over all of my sessions from the past one and half years and includes many gems which you will never find at any bookstore or library.You will also get the audio recordings of all sessions. Which means you can refer to all the details that were discussed in the class whenever you want and this means that if you miss one or more sessions you can catch up on those missed sessions via audio recording.If you miss any sessions you can make up those session in the next course series without any extra cost. You can also get a CD of guided meditations along with mp3 tracks at no additional cost.You will learn 10 different types of meditation for you to pick and choose. And I will also suggest a way where you don’t get overwhelmed by 10 different meditations.
You will learn 3 techniques where you can develop mindfulness without meditations and informally in your daily life.You will get lifetime access to free weekly drop in group that I run every Saturday from 1pm to 2pm. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and medication never quite resolved the issue so I turned to meditation.I was very hesitant to walk into a small group of strangers and make myself vulnerable, but this class was the perfect balance between supportive and individual. By the end of the course, I was living more mindfully, eating healthier, and going through my day with a sense of calmness.I was surprised to see myself go from a stressed-out mess to a pleasant person to be around.
I now structure my days around a brief meditation session and balance my expectations of myself.Mindfulness has not only been a positive change for me, but for the ones I love as well. Having meditated on and off since 1984, I found this course while searching for a meditation group in Northwest Portland. With my life stressors including relocation, population density double that of my prior residency, naivette about Portland cultures and Oregon areas. Samir runs a welcoming circle that honors mindfulness meditation with integrity, quiet humor and an open heart.Hi, my name is Helene.
You can attend and explore the first session and get a feel for what it is like to cultivate mindfulness and learn meditation.If after attending the first session you feel this is not for you, you can simply walk away.

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