Schedule

 

Every

Monday

The Science of Mind

Meditation and Self-Inquiry

Cultivate the core skills of mindfulness: indistractability, equanimity, and mental clarity.

Details

Date : mondays
Time : 7:30-8:30pm (CST)
Cost : $12
Level : beginner
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Join Daniel on Monday evenings for a meditation class for beginners. Class will start up on August 2nd after a month long break. 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. Another text that has deeply influenced this course is “The Path to Nibbana” by David C. Johnson.

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.  This can be achieved by focusing on the breath or another focus object such as metta. 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.

August

11

thru

Sept.

22

 

2021

Coaching Skills for Authentic Relationships

Coaching skills to enhance friendships, professional/leadership experiences, and intimate relationships.

Register Below – early bird discount expires August 1st.

Details

Date : Aug 11 - sep 22, 2021
Time : 7:00-8:15pm (CST)
Cost : $85
Level : beginner
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Have you ever longed to improve your communication skills and deepen your connections with others? Ever wished to enrich your personal and professional relationships, and to navigate difficult conversations with more grace? Listening deeply (an underrated superpower) and allowing others to feel seen and heard is one of the greatest gifts you can offer to those around you. The purpose of this peer coaching group is to develop and practice coaching, relational and communication skills to enhance our friendships, professional/leadership experiences, and our intimate relationships.

Drawing upon their combined experiences and training in coaching, mindfulness, and psychology, Melinda and Daniel will offer a structured, safe container for participants to learn and practice specific listening and communication techniques for enhanced relational efficacy. While these competencies may seem straightforward, they are often difficult to put into practice, particularly when we are experiencing stress, frustration and discomfort. Like the Golden Rule, if everyone practiced these skills it would make the world a better place and make us all more effective in our interpersonal endeavors.

This coaching course for beginners will be held on Mondays at 7:00pm on Zoom. Each week we will discuss a practical coaching skill and have an opportunity to practice and receive feedback.

October

22

2021

Exploring the Stages of Meditation and Individuation

with Daniel Whiteside

Registration Open Now

Details

Date : oct 22, 2021
Time : 7:00-9:00pm (CST)
Cost : $15
Level : beginner
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On October 22nd, I will give a talk, hosted by the Jung Society of Texas, about the theoretical and practical connections between the modern mindfulness revolution and the process Jung described as Individuation.
 
What does it mean to become an individual? How can meditation help us gain insight into the process of becoming a whole person? What does it mean to go from ego to self, or to ‘transcend oneself’?
 
Carl Jung said “Individuation means becoming an ‘in-dividual,’ and, in so far as ‘individuality embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one’s own self. We could therefore translate individuation as ‘coming to selfhood’…”
 
We might naturally then ask, what is meant by self and how do we come closer to it? This is a question that underpins both Jungian psychology and eastern contemplative traditions.
 
This talk will explore this central question as well as the techniques that Jungians and meditators use for their investigations. Participants will be invited to take part in specific meditation techniques, journaling prompts, and have a chance to ask questions.
 
Please arrive five minutes early. I hope you can make it!

Teachers About the Instructors

Daniel Whiteside

Daniel Whiteside - Daniel is a meditation teacher, mathematics educator, and small business owner in Austin, Texas. His teaching style is integral, combining the best contemplative practices available across traditions with influences from educational psychology, neuroscience and adult development. Daniel is a Level 2 Unified Mindfulness coach, has been to retreats in the Zen and Mahamudra styles of meditation, and completed training programs with several leading teachers in the United States.
Daniel Whiteside – Daniel is a meditation teacher, mathematics educator, and small business owner in Austin, Texas. His teaching style is integral, combining the best contemplative practices available across traditions with influences from educational psychology, neuroscience and adult development. Daniel is a Level 2 Unified Mindfulness coach, has been to retreats in the Zen and Mahamudra styles of meditation, and completed training programs with several leading teachers in the United States.

Melinda Rothouse

Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D. - Melinda is a professional creativity, leadership, and career coach, consultant, educator, and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. She is a long time meditation practitioner and mindfulness educator, and leads contemplative arts and photography workshops and retreats both in the US and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies from Saybrook University, as well as Master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies.
Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D. – Melinda is a professional creativity, leadership, and career coach, consultant, educator, and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. She is a long time meditation practitioner and mindfulness educator, and leads contemplative arts and photography workshops and retreats both in the US and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies from Saybrook University, as well as Master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies.

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