Pathway to Awareness, Acceptance and Compassion

Introducing 25 Meditation Practices

CairnStart Date: August 30, 2021
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $50

Facilitator: Rakhee Sharma
Registration: Starting early August

Life is a mixed bag of challenge, dissatisfaction, loss, joy, and contentment. Contrary to this reality, we have a strong desire to experience that which is comforting, convenient and pleasurable. So we suffer because of the gap between our desires and the reality of daily living.

How can we cope with this?

Like the cairn in the photo which is placed along trails to  guide you when navigation becomes difficult, or you lose your way, this course, will offer mindful and compassionate meditation and contemplative practices that will you can use to navigate  everyday challenges and disappointments.

 

Who will benefit:

  • Anyone who wants to build resilience in the face of life’s challenges.
  • Anyone who wants to become aware and overcome life’s disappointments.
  • Anyone who wants to become aware of the habits and attitudes that perpetuate suffering and our life struggles.

Participants will learn about the causes and conditions of dissatisfaction with life, how awareness and compassion can help us become “unstuck” from habits that promote suffering, and transform these into moments of insight for personal growth.

 

How does this course work?

Through six weeks, you will have access to resources—text, video, audio and discussions with the facilitator and other students on our learning platform, Ruzuku.

Each week you will learn one or more of 25 meditative and contemplative practices, as well as being exposed to the work of well-known spiritual teachers.

At the core of our course will be weekly, live 90-minute zoom calls to explore and learn how to use that week’s practices. The facilitator will also offer a story and prompts that will guide you to deeper reflection and contemplativion, and how the week’s teachings can be applied to your everyday life.

Dates and times will be announced when the course opens for registration.

 

Course Overview:

Introduction

Each week of instruction will open a rich world of meditation and contemplative practices

  • articles to support that week’s learning,
  • a recorded meditation or contemplative practice to explore during the week,
  • application of the practices in day-to-day life,
  • introduction of a spiritual teacher,
  • other aids, such as meditation apps and videos,
  • and challenges that you might face while on this journey, as well as how to deal with them.

Week 1: Starting the journey with mindfulness of senses

Our sensory organs--eyes, nose, ears, skin—help us to observe and experience the world. Similarly, meditation or contemplative practices help us to become aware, observe, and experience our inner world. In the ordinary course of life, this doesn’t happen. And if we do learn meditation practices, our body and mind may not be totally aligned, so many of us struggle to continue the practice.

The first session is all about mental alignment for this journey, including why we meditate, getting started with meditation and practices like mindfulness of senses, and learning to listen by practicing with the mindfulness bell.

Week 2: Deep relaxation and facing challenges in the day

A relaxed body and mind play an important role in promoting alignment and the maximum preparation for our practice. They create a fertile space for awareness and concentration to enable observation of issues that need solutions. Otherwise, we may dismiss our experience by labelling it as good or bad.

In the second week, we will share how to practice deep relaxation, a calming-ease meditation, and the attitude of patience.

Week 3: Mindful breathing and awareness about the truth of suffering

It seems we are constantly on the move! We have never-ending to-do lists, over-scheduling and problems that need solutions.  How often do you find yourself overwhelmed, irritable, frustrated, anxious or exhausted in our challenging world?

In the third week, we will share the teachings of many spiritual guides about the truth of suffering and its nature. We will offer mindful breathing, walking meditation, an attitude of non-striving, and other practices and material to help you create a space between you and your discomfort.

Week 4: Recognizing causes of dissatisfaction and open awareness

Sometimes our day-to-day experiences  feels like being caught in a web of challenges. Have you ever found yourself blaming someone or an event, your fate or even yourself for your bad experiences? Do you feel that you have the resources to deal with these feelings? And most important, will these reactions helps you step out of the path of suffering?

To be able to step out of the web, this week will introduce the causes and conditions that give rise to our feelings about challenging or dissatisfactory moments in our lives, and open a new perspective . We will do this by sharing the practices of open awareness, pebble meditation, and learning how to let go.

Week 5: Insights into diminishing dissatisfactions and moments of nurturance

Awareness leads to discernment, which opens the door to insights that can help us accept the causes and conditions of struggles and suffering in our world. This week’s learning will enable us to break the imprisonment caused by habits that perpetuate our suffering.

Some of the practices we will share are resting in a moment of nurturance, eating meditation, watering the flower, and the attitude of beginner’s mind.

Week 6: Compassion and interbeing - paths to inner transformation

Having insights is not enough. True change arises when we apply insight to action. In order to meet the challenges of our life, without resorting to habits that keep us stuck, we need to learn how to maintain our practice. We can become enabled to devise solutions with a fresh set of compassionate eyes, and a mind and heart that appreciate the importance of our connection with everyone and everything in our world.

This last week of the course, we will share the loving-kindness meditation, a gratitude practice, the attitude of acceptance, and the concept of interbeing.

 

About your Facilitator

Rakhee Sharma

Rakhee Sharma is a Mindful Leadership, Executive and Life Coach, Facilitator and Motivational Speaker. She is certified by Marshall Goldsmith, CCA, Canada and ACTP (ICF). She is the India Lead for the Education Sector, Charter for Compassion and a Coach & Facilitator for Compassionate Integrity Training. Rakhee has also been a Coach and Facilitator with the award-winning women leadership program, Aparajita for 6 years. She has been recognized as Global Goodwill Ambassador for volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations by GGA Foundation.

Rakhee has been coaching for 11 years. In addition to that, she comes with a total 21 years of work experience - Maersk, Accenture, Rolls Royce, Genpact, AIG, Schneider Elec, Flipkart and Ramboll are some of her clients.

Her work is defined as catalyst for the ‘human well-being and flourishing’. She believes in the ancient Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam” which means – “The world is one family”. My intent is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” which translates to – “May all beings be happy, may all my words, thoughts and actions contribute in some way in the happiness of all beings.” She is passionate about bringing satisfaction & joy in peoples’ lives by coaching and facilitating them to explore and utilize the huge reservoir of untapped potential that each one of us possess. Reading, travelling, singing, creating handicrafts and tribal art are some of her hobbies.

Rakhee’s mindfulness practice is in the Plum Village tradition. She was selected for Goldman Sach’s Women Entrepreneurship Program with full scholarship by ISB, Hyderabad. She is certified for Women Leadership Program from Case Western Reserve University, Science of Happiness from Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkeley and Demystifying Mindfulness from University of Leiden, Netherlands. She is M.A. in Indian Classical Vocal music and B.Ed.

One-on-one coaching will be available on request during the course. For queries, contact me on 

 

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