Creating the Inner Holding Environment: An Experiential Workshop
with Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and Bill Morgan, PsyD
Why do so many of us struggle to establish a regular meditation practice? Could it be that traditional instructions are not engaging enough for our high stimulus cultural milieu? In order to support a more enlivening atmosphere for meditation, there are several important building blocks which need to be established at the beginning of practice. If these are overlooked meditation is more likely to be colored by restlessness, boredom and cognitive drift. These foundational elements—a settled posture, an easy breath and affectively engaged attention- create a holding environment for practice.
Join us in person (The Arlington Center, Arlington, MA) or online (via Zoom) as we focus on identifying and engaging core elements of this internal holding environment, with serving suggestions about how to cultivate them.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Cognitively and experientially learn the three core elements of the inner holding environment for practicing mindfulness meditation.
2. Cognitively and experientially learn how to elicit these three elements during a practice session.
3. Cognitively and experientially learn how to monitor and adjust these core elements during meditation practice.
Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Quincy MA. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and has participated in 8 years of intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during his forty years of meditation practice. He has led mindfulness retreats for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. Bill is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. His book, The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice, was recently published by Shambhala. Website: www.BillandSusan.org.
Susan T. Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups, and consults with psychotherapists interested in deepening their meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced Buddhist meditation for 25 years, primarily in the Theravada tradition, and recently completed a 4-year retreat with her partner Bill. She has co-led mindfulness retreats and workshops for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching. Susan is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. Website: www.BillandSusan.org