The aim of our programs is to offer the essence of the traditional teachings of both Yoga and Buddhism, free of doctrine. We have trained with some of the most enlightened teachers of this age have skillfully blended the richness of Eastern teachings with the Western mind, while encouraging each person to find the truth within themselves. “Each person is already awake, an interconnected part of this miraculous universe, an embodiment of love,” says Ed. “They just have to realize this!”
We have come to understand that the most important thing any of us can do is to not to take ourselves too seriously! We cannot become the perfectly loving, selfless and generous person we want to be overnight and need to be patient with our shortcomings. What is needed within each one of us is a compassionate revolution—a revolution that transforms our world from the inside out. With an open heart we can shift our attitude from worry, fear and self-absorption to kindness, compassion and generosity.
We work with small and large groups as our programs are tailored to meet the needs of the moment, from short talks to ten-day retreats. We have taught in boardrooms, school halls and at international conferences.
BE THE CHANGE: MEDITATE!
Meditation is now the IN thing. Cross-legged yogis and Buddhist monks can be seen in advertisements for everything from computers and credit cards to herbal teas, while newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of meditation with tips from famous movie stars. But can meditation do more than just make us feel good? Can it awaken us enough to bring an end to further suffering, both individually and globally?
As meditation changes us so we can then change the world. If we want to end inequality, abuse and war, we have to first make friends with ourselves; there will never be peace in the world if we are not at peace within. As we become mindful, so we can “come off the cushion” and bring greater awareness to our relationships, business, politics, human rights, and the world around us.
Meditation means being completely present in just this moment. Entering into such a space together can be profoundly transformative, as we explore in a safe and supportive environment.
- Release unconscious stress through Inner Conscious Relaxation (ICR)
- Calm the mind and awaken wisdom with Shamata or Breath Awareness meditation
- Open the compassionate heart with Metta or Loving Kindness and Forgiveness meditation
YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND
“Deb Shapiro is a pioneer in appreciating and applying the fact that all thoughts and feelings get translated into chemicals that run our entire physiology.” Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion
How do emotions and psychological states affect you physically? We cry when we are sad or get an upset stomach when we are nervous, but what happens when the body gets ill, diseased, or damaged? Discover the extraordinary and intimate relationship between the mind and body, and how unresolved psycho/emotional issues may be affecting your health.
You will learn:
- How repressed feelings are linked to specific body parts
- To decode your bodymind language
- To communicate with your body
- Meditation to address personal issues
GOING OUT OF YOUR MIND – When Being In Your Heart Is More Important Than Being In Your Mind!
As the great Zen master Alan Watts said, “We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day.” Out of our minds and into our hearts!
Ed’s mother died five days after he was born; Deb’s mother divorced her father for cruelty when she was 6 years old. Both have consistently asked themselves: how is it possible to live in this world that appears so challenging with a heart that is open and loving? How do we turn difficult times into caring and forgiveness? The only answer that has come to them both is: how can we not?
Going out of your mind means having the courage to release resistance and to let love permeate your being. Only love works. Nothing else brings you inner happiness. Once you find your heart you can never lose it!
- Turn fear, anxiety and stress into allies
- Make forgiveness real
- Meditate to clear your mind and open your heart