Monday Mindfulness Practice Group for Beginners

Upcoming Sessions:

26 June 2017 - Catriona Rogers

3 July 2017 - Cristina Rodenbeck

24 July 2017 - Catriona Rogers

31 July 2017 - Catriona Rogers

7 August 2017 - Catriona Rogers

14 August 2017 - Catriona Rogers

21 August 2017 - Elena Foucher

28 August 2017 - Cristina Rodenbeck 

Graeme Bradshaw's BIG MIND


 

Date: TBCalt

Time: 7 - 9 pm 

Venue: IMI, 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor: Graeme Bradshaw  (IMI)

Program Highlight: The "Big Mind Process" is a specific technique developed by Zen Master Dennis  Genpo  Merzel  that merges Western psychological techniques (Voice  Dialogue  therapy) with Buddhist conceptions of self and Buddha-mind.  
 
As a teaching technique, it is a facilitated process assisting participants to voice aspects within their consciousness including both the conditioned/personal and non conditioned True Nature awareness. The outcome is to have more choice and flexibility of mind to meet all occasions appropriately, including deeply restful states.  
 
In the forward to  Merzel €™s  book Big Mind, Big Heart. Finding your Own Way, Ken Wilbur, the American philosopher and author wrote:
 
€œLet me state this as strongly as I can: the Big Mind Process is arguably the most important and original discovery in the last two centuries of Buddhism. It is an astonishingly original, profound, and effective path for waking up, or seeing one €™s True Nature €.
 
Graeme Bradshaw is one of the few approved facilitator of  Big Mind.
 
Using a  dialogue  approach, a qualified facilitator can guide individuals into various states of consciousness. For example a €œmind € referred to as €œnon-thinking mind € in Zen may be called upon by the facilitator, who would ask: May I to speak to the non-thinking mind?
 
The response (to assist the consciousness shift) is to reply: I am the non-thinking mind".
 
What is your function? is then asked, and in this case "non-thinking" is the reply. Further  dialogue  is then entered into as to what is being experienced in "non thinking mind". As it is a group experience there is a confirming and awakening effect to this dialogue process.  
 
In this December session, becoming familiar with the process itself, as well as an awakening to the different "minds" or "voices".  
 
Graeme Bradshaw will also start the introductory evening with a fundamental Zen based sitting meditation practice, Zazen for the initial 30 minutes to which all are welcome.  
 
Clinical trial on the Big Mind Process
Michael Johnson, a researcher at the University of Utah conducted a randomized clinical trial of  Genpo  Merzel's  Big Mind process.1
 
The research results suggested that the Zen  dialogue  technique is worthy of additional investigation as profound effects are shown to be induced in a short time period, implying the potential for enormous benefit for not only the spiritual development of individuals in general, but most important for clinical populations where prolonged meditation-based interventions may not be practical.2
 
Cost:  
It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.
 
Notes:
1. Big Mind, Big Heart, Finding Your Own Way Dennis  Genpo  Merzel  Big Mind Publishing 09/2007  
 
2. Johnson, Michael (2011). "A Randomized Study of a Novel Zen  Dialogue  Method for Producing Spiritual and Well Being Enhancement: Implications for End-of-Life Care". Journal of Holistic Nursing 29 (3): 201 €“210.  doi:10.1177/0898010110391265.

 

Date: 21 Aug

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Time:  6:15-7:15pm

Venue:  IMI, 17/F  Kailey  Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor:  Elena  Foucher  (IMI)

Program Highlight:

Do you have experience with mindfulness meditation or similar training?

And are you looking for an English speaking group to regularly tap into, practice together and share experiences about the practice and its application in daily life?

Then please consider joining our Monday Mindfulness practice group.

What does an evening look like?

The beginners mindfulness practice will give you more guidance and techniques to help you to develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice.  

Interested?

To join the beginners group, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elena's background:

Elena Maria  Foucher  left her life as a science major and software engineer in Silicon Valley to move to Thailand and find her calling. She began meditating in 2005, and spent the next 6 years researching meditation, relaxation and stress management, eventually opening a meditation and healing center in northern Thailand. After moving to Hong Kong in 2012, she developed Meditations Made Easy to suit the needs of busy urbanites. Over the years she's taught meditation to engineers, bankers, teachers, therapists, parents and artists in Thailand, the US and Hong Kong.

Cost?
It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.

 

altDate: 3 Jul, 28 Aug

Time:  6.15 - 7.15pm

Venue:  IMI, 17/F  Kailey  Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor:  Cristina  Rodenbeck  (IMI)

Program Highlight:

"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non  judgmentally."  Dr Jon  Kabat-Zinn

To achieve presence and cultivate a sense of €˜being in the moment €™ requires the practice of Mindfulness. As there is no €˜one size fits all €™ solution, a powerful range of techniques and practices is available to you to support you on your mindfulness journey.

In this unique blend of  Kirtan, the usage of powerful yet gentle mantras, techniques and guidance Cristina aims to help you to develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice.  

Cristina is a true believer that Mindfulness is a powerful tool to deal with the modern challenges of information overload, being available 24/7 and working in high-pressured environments.   Her mission is to share this tool  to empower people not only to manage their stress levels but also to be at their best and more effective in what they do.

Interested?

To join the beginners €™ group, please email    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cristina's background:

Cristina  Rodenbeck  is our in-house Licensed Wellness Practitioner and an Executive Coach. She has been practicing Mindfulness for over 15 years since her first experience in India attending a  Vipassana  10-day meditation retreat, and has successfully completed the Potential Project Mindfulness Program. She is passionate about wellness and supporting individuals in the area of health and wellbeing. Cristina has been successfully delivering talks and workshops on Mindfulness to individuals and corporation in HK. She also runs monthly  Kirtan  sessions in venues across Hong Kong.

Cost?

It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.

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Date: 26 Jun, 24, 31, Jul, 7, 14 Aug

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Time:  6:15-7:15pm

Venue:  IMI, 17/F  Kailey  Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor:  Catriona  Rogers  (IMI)

Program Highlight:

Do you have experience with mindfulness meditation or similar training?

And are you looking for an English speaking group to regularly tap into, practice together and share experiences about the practice and its application in daily life?

Then please consider joining our Monday Mindfulness practice group.

What does an evening look like?

The beginners mindfulness practice will give you more guidance and techniques to help you to develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice.  

Interested?

To join the beginners group, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catriona's  background:

Catriona  Rogers is a  counsellor  and coach who works in depth with clients on issues around self, relationships and work. Her approach is strengths based, working with clients to 're-author' their lives - to find life stories that empower and allow them to live more joyfully and with full self expression.She has over 20 years experience in a wide range of therapeutic approaches:  Psychodynamics, Humanistic, Social Construction, Cognitive  Behavioural,  Psychosynthesis, NLP, Brief Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Constructive  Dialogues, Appreciative Inquiry, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and  Visualisation. At the heart of her work is the compassion she has for clients and the desire to see them freed of emotional pain.

Cost?

It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.

 

 

Date:  TBC

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Time:  6:15-7:15pm

Venue:  IMI, 17/F  Kailey  Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor:  Carole Bradshaw  (IMI)

Program Highlight:

Do you have experience with mindfulness meditation or similar training?

And are you looking for an English speaking group to regularly tap into, practice together and share experiences about the practice and its application in daily life?

Then please consider joining our Monday Mindfulness practice group.

What does an evening look like?

The beginners mindfulness practice will give you more guidance and techniques to help you to develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice.  

Interested?

To join the beginners group, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carole's background:

Carole is the Director of the new  IMI  and one of its co-founders. She brings years of professional experience in communications, coaching, wellness, and sustainable development to her practice. She also brings her experiences as a devoted yoga student and teacher, as well as her gift for facilitating people through life changes, healing, and personal transformation.

Carole is also currently earning an M.A. in Core Process Psychotherapy (sometimes called Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy) from the respected  Karuna  Institute in the U.K. This degree builds on the transformative retreats she has conducted over the past 10 years, where she guided students in yoga, awareness, and health.

Cost?
It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.

 
 
Date:  TBCalt

Time:  6:15-7:15pm

Venue:  IMI, 17/F  Kailey  Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central

Instructor:  Jessica Lam (Guest Facilitator)

METTA  MEDITATION

What is  Metta  (Lovingkindness) Meditation?
Metta  is a  Pali  word that means goodwill,  lovingkindness, friendliness. It was taught by the Buddha as one of the four divine ways of abiding. The other three are  karuna  (compassion),  mudita  (appreciative joy), and  upekkha  (equanimity). 

Lovingkindness  is unconditional love and friendliness towards all beings. It makes no distinction between any living being. The highest aspiration mentioned in the loving-kindness discourse is that one loves all beings just as a mother loves her only child €”but of course, first, we have to be skilled at developing it toward ourselves. 



Why practice it?

If  Vipassana  meditation is the work of understanding the mind and cultivating wisdom, then  Lovingkindness  is the work of the heart and cultivating wholesome states of benevolence and non-anger. A mind in a wholesome state cannot be filled with anger, ill will, and impatience.

What are the benefits of practicing  metta?
The Buddha spoke about eleven benefits of practicing loving-kindness: 1) one goes to sleep happily, dreams no evil dreams, and one wakes happily 2) One is beloved by humans and by  nonhumans  3) One €™s mind is quickly concentrated 4) One has a shiny complexion 5) The  devas  protect one 6) Fire, poison, and arrows won €™t hurt one €¦. you can look up the rest :) 



How do I start?  

Always start doing  metta  with yourself first, or, if you find that difficult, start with a beloved one, like a teacher or child. Recite silently in your mind: 

May I be happy. 
May I be safe.
May I be peaceful.
May I be healthy.
May I take care of myself happily

If it €™s for a beloved one, substitute €œI € for the person €™s name. When you feel calm and quiet, it means that you have some degree of love and kindness in your mind toward this person. Then you can choose to another person if you wish.

I can €™t remember all the lines
You can shorten it to €œMay so-and-so be happy € or visualize the person €™s face and think €œMay you be happy €¦. € or €œhappy, happy €. You can also reflect on positive wishes for yourself/that person €œMay you grow in wisdom. € or €œMay you recover. € etc or just repeat the first line again and again. So there are no hard and fast rules - the important thing is to cultivate the feeling of goodwill. You can say the same line for one person again and again, different lines for a group of people, jump back and forth between whoever pops into your mind, or just focus on one for the entire session. You can also reflect on the meaning of the phrases. 


Help! The lines are mechanical/I don €™t feel anything
It might help to start with a beloved one, like a teacher or child, someone who has greatly  benefitted  your life. Reflect on what he/she has done for you and then do  metta  for that person. Some meditators recall an image of their pets or cuddly things to call on a feeling of goodwill. My teacher,  Visu, have said that even if it €™s mechanical, keep persisting. The very act of reciting these lines is the practice of a wholesome state of mind. If you are wishing someone well, you cannot be thinking any thoughts of ill will or anger.

Do I have to do it in order? 

Traditionally,  metta  is done in this order 1) self 2) loved ones 3) neutral person 4) difficult person 5) all beings. I suggest becoming skilled at radiating  metta  for 1 and 2 before moving on to 3 4 and 5, i.e. you can call on the feeling of goodwill quite steadily. But it €™s up to you to experiment. 



How do I practice it in daily life? 

Hong Kong is a great place to practice  metta. It €™s so overcrowded here that it can be fun to walk around and radiate met to everyone you see. All you need to do is to think the thought - €œMay you be happy! € or when someone calls, you can think €œMay the caller be happy € or when someone pops into your mind, you can do  metta  for him/her. There are countless ways to practice in daily life. This can also be an excellent guard against unwholesome thoughts. 



May you all be happy!

Interested?

To join the beginners group, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jessica's background:

Jessica has been practicing meditation for seven years, beginning with  MBSR  to month-long intensive retreats in various traditions around the world. Currently, she is exploring  Tejaniya's  "Mindfulness of the Mind" teachings, and leads the  Metta  (Lovingkindness) Meditation Group Practice  at for the members of the Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society English Group Practice at  IMI  every Monday 7.30-9.30pm as well.

Cost?
It is a voluntary donation based charity session - all contribution proceeds to  VIVA, which helps children in need globally over 21 countries.