The Untethered Soul: Practices for Artful Living
LifeArt is the name of my business, carefully chosen because I believe the day-to-day shaping our lives is our highest form of artistic creation. I seek people, books, circumstances, ideas, practices that will support me and my clients in forming a life that feels good, authentic, beneficial, and beautiful—that is, artful.
In the first half of this year, I am devoting my teaching to some of the most powerful practices I have experienced and learned in my 55 years of exploring the wisdom traditions. So far this year, in workshops, private and group coaching, and small-group book studies, we have examined lojong practice (mind-training), loving-kindness meditation, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and gratitude practice—all practices for cultivating beneficial qualities of mind.
What do you mean by practice?
A practice is a skillful technique for opening our hearts and minds, for giving us insight into who we are and what we are to do, as well as for helping us regulate our emotions. A practice is a pathway to creating an artful life. I am dedicated this year to teaching the practices that both contemporary research and ancient wisdom traditions say make a difference in the way we see and experience our world.
What we practice is what we become.
Repeated over time, contemplative practices bring about radical transformations in the quality of life we experience. This is not an idle wish; this is a documented phenomenon.
I believe we are in the midst of a shift in consciousness that brings new insights to the perennial philosophy. This emerging new consciousness is transforming the ways we understand and experience life, and it is giving us deeper awareness about who we are and what is possible for us. I study the researchers, scholars, artists, and thought leaders who push the boundaries of human awareness and performance, those who motivate and instruct us to become the next best version of ourselves.
So my workshops begin by asking, “How can I live powerfully and productively in a world and in a mind that is evolving?” In part, we do it by developing certain skills, certain habits--certain practices.
What is your practice?
Whether you are undertaking a reflective practice for the first time, or have a lifetime satisfying practice, we all need to hone our mindfulness skills on a regular basis. That’s what the LifeArt curriculum is offering during the first part of this year—gatherings that inspire us toward practices that ramp up our capacity to live well. And coming in April, there is one more practice to be offered before we go on hiatus. I invite you to join us.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
In the three sessions, we will discuss Michael Singer’s brilliant book The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. Singer takes the reader on a journey from the beginning of time to the present, showing how all of creation is a natural flow of life unfolding miraculously and constantly. We will discuss exactly what Singer is saying about developing a clear understanding of who we are, and we will practice using his strategies for insight to our own life experiences.
What you will learn:
how our suffering is based in three precepts that the Buddha taught—
attachment, resistance, and non-acceptance of what is
insight into how we lay down obstacles that keep us from our innate joy
a powerful practice for releasing self-originating suffering.
These three sessions will be exploratory, inquisitive, and highly conversational. We’re not analyzing this text; we’re examining it to see just how the practices Singer presents can be incorporated into our own lives, so that we may live with more joy and ease.
This is one of my top-ten favorite books. And I am thrilled to share it with an eager group of fellow-seekers. Contact me if you have any questions! And consider joining us for one or all three of the sessions.
Here are the details:
Dates: April 9th, 16th and 23rd, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Yoga Shala, 3013 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804
Fee: $50 for all three sessions, or $20 for a single session
Register at: theyogashala.org