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THE SILVER SEEDS MEDITATION COURSE

Co-ordinated by Dr. A. Reece (Certified Breathworks Practitioner and Pain Management Programme Director Wexham Park Hosp for 15 years.) 

Course Details:-
    Numbers:- 10-15.
    Locations:- Hockley Corner, Stoke Poges, (See Map and Directions) or Lightwater, Surrey.
   Covering:- Mindfulness with Meditation plus a deeper look at a Practical Psychology arising from an evolutionary perspective.           

What was relevant in behaviour 100,000 years ago may be making difficulties for us in our current environment. Much of this is buried in our unconscious. With the progress of neuro-science and psychology we now have the 'silver seeds' with which we can start to disperse the 'clouds of unknowing'.

      

   Next courses:-  

Summer half-days To be announced

Venue:- Hockley Corner (see map)

Spring '16 evening courses. 


The course due to start  Wed 9th March '16, has had to be cancelled. Apologies.

To Register please contact by e-mail  alastair.reece17@gmail.com 


The eight week course sets out to develop a firm grounding in meditational practice reinforcing the four foundations of mindfulness in particular. These are;-

  1. Awareness of body and senses

  2. Awareness of the heart and feelings

  3. Awareness of the mind and thoughts

  4. Awareness of the inherent behaviours that govern (and confuse) human life.

Beginner's mind. Born again to our senses.

The first week introduces the need for us to re-associate with our inner physical senses. The threat-based approach that man has as his default pattern has most of our senses directed outwardly. 

Aware of the competitive nature of existence we are on the lookout for challenges coming from outside. Working out our responses to these threats with our language based logic we can lose touch with how we are feeling. This brings up the first of our Design Faults. We mistake and act in the same physiological way to internal threats as we do external. We stack up problems when we over-ride the 'Do something' implicit in external threat. In ignoring this in internal threat the Alarm Centre stays 'on'. A build up of stress.

By living in past or future frames our senses become dislocated. e.g. not realising we are frowning until it is pointed out. To help us stay in the moment it is useful to reconnect to the basic pleasure of being alive. To this end we practice the meditations of  body scanning, awareness of the breath and some basic Qi Gong. 

Computers crash,  relationships fall apart. The best we can do is breath and reboot. (Sarah Jessica Parker)

Session two sees deeper exploration of the differences between the parallel nervous systems for threat and calm. These differences are subtle and complex and with profound implications. The two states are the difference between 'doing' mode and 'being' mode. These result in the two sides to each of us (both of them being the 'real' you.) and two very different uses of the brain for thinking. That we get into the habit of being in 'emergency'thinking most of the time gives rise to another profound Design Fault.

Mastery of the joys and mechanics of the breath is undertaken. Also the art of re-booting.

Being the moment not the action of the moment.

In session three we make use of our rescued physical awareness to bring us in touch with 'this moment now'. Being present is so much easier if you feel alive in your skin. Do you feel alive – lively as you read this? Or did you need to check in and switch on? Will you stay feeling alive for the rest of the day? Not if you go into mulling over the past/ got to get this done  mode. For most of us this is our Default Pattern. The Design Fault here is that it becomes self-perpetuating.  The feeling of being alive is one worth cultivating. Being here now gives us much greater scope for understanding our thoughts and emotions. This is essential in making sense of our relationships with our selves and others.

The witness position for self acceptance.

By session 4 we hope to be able to stay in the moment and watch, from a distance, thoughts and behaviours as they arise. We can start to look at our 'Drives' in a detached way instead of being owned by them. We can start the process of deriving insights into what makes us behave the way we do. These are the genetic principles that govern life. In so doing we can start to accept those parts of ourselves that we would rather not be made public. Self acceptance is a blessing and fairly essential if we are to escape living along threat based lines.

Understanding thoughts, ego, personality and reactive emotions

Many of our thoughts are but the twitchings of the puppet strings of evolution. Their reality is that of a very different environment a long, long time ago. Our reality now is to separate ancient programmes from what is relevant to us now. In observing this we find that our thoughts are more mental events - a bit like the weather - and not the stuff of what we are. They need not own us.  

The components of ego, personality and emotions are also looked at through the same lens in sessions five, six and seven. Again the principle of being alive in this moment and watching things as they arise gives us the power to scrutinise and modify their promptings.

Letting Go.

By week eight we are in the position to let go of some of those behaviours that are defensive and redundant. Fixed opinions springs to mind. Why is it we need to be so certain and argue (to the death sometimes) when challenged? Jampolsky wrote the classic 'Love is what is left when you let go of fear.' And perhaps that is the heart of meditation practice. It is one of the main principles on which this course is run.

For further information please check the attached PDFs. These give an outline of the course, session by session. Underneath are the guided meditations that accompany the course. They can be downloaded as MP3s


Intro Body Scan

Body Scan

Another Body Scan

The Curious Neck Breath

Relaxation with Breath

Awareness of Sensation

Walking with the Breath

Dancing with the Breath

Chakra Meditation

Classical Awareness of Breath


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