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Open Mindfulness Training, Knoxville, Facilitated by Justin Wall
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 6:00 PM – Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 8:30 PM EDT
Wednesdays; 6:00-8:30PM | (8-Week Series) | Class Dates: June 14- August 2
Open Mindfulness Acredited instructor Justin Wall will facilitate the eight-week course developed by Altruistic Open Mindfulness and its founder Denys Rinpoche in France.
Open Mindfulness Training courses have been running now for over five years in six countries in Europe, with more than 25 fully accredited facilitators and 50 more in training. We are very happy to now be able to offer the Open Mindfulness curriculum in English.
The central feature of this path is “Openness,” an approach to mindfulness that combines three essential types of meditation into one integrated experience of mindfulness: Attentive Presence, Open Presence, and Heart Presence. These dimensions are explored over the course of an eight-week training:
• The training begins with the cultivation of attentive presence, the ability to aim and sustain attention in a relaxed way. Attentive presence develops a full and gentle attentiveness with precision, poise, and appreciation.
• Attentive presence is then integrated in open presence. Open presence is the experience of freedom, of letting go and opening one’s body and mind with acceptance, courage and fearlessness. It develops the ability to face whatever arises without prejudice, without any agenda, and in full recognition of the infinite horizon of what is possible.
• Within open and attentive presence, the presence of the heart is uncovered and given the space to unfold, connecting us fully with the poignant reality of our own experience and our connection to one another. Heart presence combines the precise and detailed awareness of attentive presence with the vastness of open presence, and unlocks the resources of the inherently good heart for altruistic action in the world. The presence of the heart is cultivated in various relational mindfulness exercises and practices of inquiry and deep listening that touch the heart and open those areas of our minds and bodies that are otherwise cut off and remain in the shadows.
The Open Mindfulness Training program includes 41 practices and 36 uniquely designed presentations that provide a full and balanced path of learning and practice, integrating the three dimensions of presence with the wisdom of the body and conscious relationship. Participants will be given a training journal, a practice manual, and access to the facilitator between sessions for questions and feedback.