The Science of Mind
Meditation and Self-Inquiry
Cultivate the core skills of mindfulness: indistractability, equanimity, and mental clarity.
Join Daniel on Monday evenings for a meditation class for beginners. The theme of the class so far in 2021 has been the stages of meditation as described in the text, “The Mind Illuminated” by Culadasa. The stages of meditation are a framework to better understand the goals and obstacles of the contemplative path and is a wonderful resource for beginner meditators. A fundamental practice in many contemplative traditions is the deliberate practice of concentration (or more accurately, indistractability). Concentration, or indistractability, is the doorway that opens up the rest of the path. In this class you will:
- Understand what meditation is and how the practice addresses the fundamental reactivity of the mind that causes incalculable amounts of mental suffering.
- Learn an array of contemplative and meta-cognitive techniques that can be applied in a variety of real-life situations.
Download or listen to a free guided meditation, Four Steps to the Breath, here.
The Art of Sacred Living Home Retreat Program - May 1st, 2021
The Art of Sacred Living
with Daniel Whiteside, Carol Van der Meulen, and Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D.
Step back from your day-to-day demands and bring sacred living into your life.
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A retreat is an opportunity to step back from our day-to-day demands and activities for an extended period of concentrated discussion, dialogue, and strategic thinking. With that in mind this virtual retreat has been designed to bring together a community to hunker down for a day and focus on a few important areas of growth. The three pillars of sacred living that can completely transform our ordinary experience are:
- Wisdom – acting skillfully at every moment; with training, the mind is capable of transforming ordinary experience into a sacred reality. Making new connections, discover underlying patterns, and learn how to make your mind your biggest ally.
- Equanimity – letting our lives unfold naturally; when we let experience happen without resistance we tap into a deep source of peace, insight, and spontaneous creativity.
- Compassion – Understanding the underlying interconnection among all life; out of compassion arises the spontaneous desire to give and serve consciously.
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Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice in Turbulent Times A six week deep-dive into practical mindfulness life skills
Cultivating Mindfulness in Turbulent Times
with Daniel Whiteside and Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D.
Cultivate resilience to stress and anxiety – rewire your brain. This six week class will focus on emotional regulation and stress management, backed by powerful neuroscience and proven techniques.
As we find ourselves at the intersection of a multitude of global catastrophes the suffering of the world becomes even more clear and difficult to ignore. Over the last year in particular we have all suffered a great deal, directly or indirectly, from a stream of stressful and anxiety-provoking events. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019.”
How do we work with the mental and emotional challenges of these stressful times? It may feel daunting to start a new meditation practice or maintain an existing one even when things are going great in our lives. During turbulent times it can be even more difficult to really get in touch with our deeper selves and feel that spiritual connection. The purpose of this course is to provide the much needed support and guidance both for beginners looking to start a new practice and experienced meditators wishing to deepen their existing practice. Combining the latest neuroscience research with guided meditation instructions, readings, journaling and discussion, Daniel and Melinda will bring the path to life with this simple yet powerful set of practices, from cultivating emotional resilience to invoking a sense of the sacred in everyday life.