Mindfulness
on the go


Upcoming workshop(s):
  • Mumbai: Oct 7-8, 2017 - Venue: The Retreat House, Bandstand, Bandra (W), Mumbai. For registration, click here.
  • Bangalore: Nov 25-26, 2017 -  Venue: United Theological College, Millers Road, Bangalore

Why "Mindfulness on the go"?

Whether we like it or not, a large part of our thinking is wasteful. It expresses itself as repetitive and compulsive thought patterns typically labelled as worry, anxiety, frustration, blame, guilt etc. This drains our energy and hinders creative decision making. Mindfulness is about recognizing thought patterns to be wasteful while thinking. This workshop explores how mindfulness can be experimented with on the go - any time, anywhere.

What are the learning objectives of “Mindfulness on the go”?

The workshop has following objectives:
  1. To learn to step of out of train of thought
  2. To learn to recognize wasteful thinking while it is happening
  3. To learn to perceive that thought is distorting our perception - fooling us like a master magician, while it is happening
  4. To see that this learning can happen on the go - in the car, bus, airport, grocery store, while jogging, in office meeting or even in the middle of an argument.
This is not a theory workshop. Participation in discussions and more importantly personal reflection exercises is an expectation. The workshop does not try to follow any one teaching. However, it is inspired by and borrows from a number of spiritual teachings, especially from Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Eckhart TolleDavid Bohm and Buddhist Vipassana meditation

Why "on the go"?

There are several meditation retreats / workshops which help you learn how to meditate with eyes closed, in the sitting posture and typically in an isolated quiet place. These practices are valuable and I have personally benefited from them. However, I have met several people who have the intent to meditate but don’t find the time & place to do it. The question is: Is it possible to meditate with open eyes, in standing, running, driving or in any other posture, in a noisy place like a meeting room, a grocery store or a train station/airport etc.? The objective of this workshop is to learn how to meditate on the go – by stealing moments from your busy schedule – say while waiting for a bus, taxi, elevator or check-out counter etc. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning how to meditate on the go. So far the participants have been in their 20s to 80s. Our explorations will not be conforming to any religion or a sect or a specific spiritual teaching. A lot of emphasis will be placed in experimenting, investigating and finding for oneself what works. So openness about these things will help.

Is it about spirituality or creativity?

The workshop is primarily about spirituality or self-discovery. However, it is not aligned with any religion, sect or guru. One can say, it is about secular spirituality. Emphasis will be placed on not believing in anything, even what the facilitator says. Participants will be encouraged to experiment and find out for themselves. A natural by-product of less-conditioned mind is  holistic creativity. i.e. creativity not in any specific functional area such as painting, science, engineering etc. but creativity in every area of life.

How is it related to Vipassana meditation?

This workshop carries the same primary goal as Vipassana - i.e. learning to see reality as it is. It is also about learning to use the same primary resource as Vipassana i.e. attention. However, it is different from Vipassana on two dimensions. One, it is primarily about meditation that can be done anytime anywhere whereas Vipassana emphasizes seated meditation at a dedicated time (typically prolonged time). Second, this workshop emphasizes mindfulness as an investigation into how thought fools oneself (self-deception). Investigation is not part of Vipassana (to the best of my knowledge).    

What is the mode of delivery? Is it PPT based?

The workshop is primarily about self-reflection or meditation. There will be four 1-hour silent reflection sessions (one on each half-day). Instructions will be given as to what to do during these sessions. Prior to these 1-hour sessions there will be small warm-up reflection exercises. To explain the learning approach, examples from movies, magic shows and music will be used. Some time will spent in small group discussions and Q&A. Usage of PPT will be kept to minimal (perhaps eliminated altogether). 


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