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. 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.
Coaching Skills for Authentic Relationships with Daniel Whiteside and Melilnda Rothouse, Ph.D.
Coaching Skills for Authentic Relationships
Coaching skills to enhance friendships, professional/leadership experiences, and intimate relationships.
Register Below – early bird discount expires August 1st.
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.
Meditation and Individuation a lecure and workshop hosted by the Jung Society of Austin
Exploring the Stages of Meditation and Individuation
with Daniel Whiteside