Wide Awareness: Open-Focus Mindfulness Practices

This 5-week workshop engages our ability to perceive information through intentional awareness. Through guided practice and group lectures attendees will learn the following: 

  • Traditional methods of open-focus practice from embodied (body-scan) to polyvagal (awareness of breath) 
  • The physiological mechanisms engaged through extended open-focus practice.
  • Techniques to incorporate open-focus learning into day to day interactions.

As our field of awareness develops so too does our ability to move through our surroundings. In traditional and modern mindfulness we can categorize the practices in two fields: open focus and closed focus. Open focus practices deepen our ability to perceive our surroundings as well as the capacity to accept what is in front of us without attachment. While seemingly simple, open focus practice is an advanced meditation that includes intensive study of our own experiences. This course also includes collaboration with peers and requires daily personal practice to be able to properly share in our collective experience.  We recommend you schedule and commit 30 – 60 minutes a day to allow for experiential growth and active sharing with the community. 

This 5-week program consists of in person and virtual group classes and home-practice designed for three dimensional phenomenology.  The two in-person sessions (week 1 and 5) focus on a collective experiential commitment.  The synchronous virtual sessions are designed for pair and group work that progressively deepens our understanding of the intersection of east and west. Along with time as a group your instructor will reach out to you (through text or email) daily to help you through the home practice and support your personal learning.  There is no workbook for this program however there is a daily offering of morning sadhana via Zoom.