The Power of Contemplative Inquiry: The Art of Embodying Mindful Presence for Facilitators and Practitioners
Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Nashville Friends Meeting, 530 26th Avenue North
Contemplative inquiry is a vital skill for practitioners and facilitators for cultivating focused, open attention. It is the art of embodying presence and mindful listening, while reflecting a deep and heart-felt sense of kindness and curiosity. These qualities ground and support us in the unfolding nature of experience, expanding awareness and inviting reflection on what we experientially observe. Through the practice of inquiry, we begin to disrupt and release rumination, limiting beliefs and conditioned responses, while bringing more intention and joy to our lives and interactions.
In this daylong you will learn to incorporate inquiry practices into your own meditation and strengthen your ability to incorporate these skills when working with others. Inquiry practices free the mind from habitual stories, narratives and patterns of avoidance that prevent present moment awareness and compassion from unfolding. These skills are suitable for personal investigation, facilitating groups and working one on one with clients.
This workshop, led by Lisa Ernst, will include instruction, meditation, group interaction and practice in the inquiry process. It is appropriate for practitioners and facilitators. An existing meditation practice is recommended. The cost is $75 – $125 sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level you can afford so that others who need to pay less can also attend. (This is not a “dana” daylong – compensation to the teacher is included in your sliding scale payment.) You can pay at the Paypal button below or though Venmo @onedharma. If you need to pay by check, instructions are here. A reduced fee scholarship spot is available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org