“The Year of Mindfulness” program is an invite only program. It started in October 2018. Some of the top activists, policy makers and thinkers are participating in this program. Currently Nirali is teaching more than 400 participants spread across Europe, United States, Canada, Mexico, Africa, South America and India. This project is supported by The Pollination Project.
I'm truly excited about this workshop. I'm honored to be working with Kazu Haga, Sierra Pickett and Chris Moore-Backman. As Kazu says, “If you've ever felt that our world NEEDS a powerful direct action movement to confront the forces of injustice, but felt that too many "radical" and "militant" nonviolent spaces too often perpetuated the same systems of domination and violence we are trying to defeat, this workshop may be of interest to you.” Check it out and spread the word.
https://eastpointpeace.org/event/fierce-vulnerability/ . (if link does not work, try without the https).
Date: Aug 4th and 5th, 2018
Time: 10am to 4:30pm (on both days)
A 2-Day Non-Residential Retreat on Dharma & Kingian Nonviolence. Co-teaching with Kazu Haga. at Against The Stream, San Francisco.
Please be sure to register by July 30th.
To Register: https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=5960
#MeToo: A Daylong for Women
All those who self-identify as female are welcome to join.
Have you been impacted by the #metoo movement? Do you feel the pain and the strength of those who have come before you? Do you long to sit in a circle of women to reflect where you are at during this watershed moment?
At the core of Buddhist teachings is the principle of non-harming and the innate goodness within our hearts. And yet, violence against women is pervasive. Misogyny permeates, shapes, and suffocates the life-force of our society. With the unceasing flood of women’s stories in the wake of the #metoo movement, we are seeing the courage of countless women speaking out against injustices, ranging from microaggressions, to explicit, systematic, and systemic abuse. These injustices have laid buried in the depths of our individual and collective psyches, but no longer.
We hear you. We believe you. We are you.
Weaving silent meditation, dharma reflections and facilitated conversation, this day will offer space for us to be right where we are and gain strength and creativity from each other to redefine our narratives. It is a special event with Spirit Rock proceeds benefiting Spirit Rock's scholarship fund.
There will be a community altar, where personal objects are welcome to be blessed with our presence and prayers throughout the day. You will be able take items home.
Please bring a journal and a packed lunch.
Workshop at Bowers & Wilkins
Global Headquarters in Redwood City, CA.
Please join us on February 1st @ 3pm in the All Hands Area as we welcome guest speaker Nirali Shah to our office. Nirali will introduce us to mindfulness and discuss how meditation can be a tool for well-being and joy in our life.
To attend, Register here by January 31st, 2018: http://www.niralis.com/bowers
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
“Mindfulness is a capacity of purposefully bringing attention to one’s present moment experience as it arises in the thoughts, emotions or body sensations without judgment; with a willingness to be open and curious.”
Today, mindfulness meditation has become integral to employee well-being at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It is also actively taught in hundreds of schools and universities across United States and Europe.
Universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley and UCLA are spending millions of dollars on scientific research that reveals the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. Most of these colleges also have centers and buildings dedicated to teaching this practice.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation?
Modern neuroscience reveals Mindfulness Meditation leads to reduced stress and anxiety and increases concentration, focus and well-being. Mindfulness helps the brain encode its patterns towards greater compassion as well as emotional resilience – some of the most critical qualities for empowered leadership.
An seminal study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s grey matter in just eight weeks. The results of another important study published in NeuroReport show thicker cortical regions related to attention and sensory processing.
Studies show have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. However, Mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry illnesses.
Teaching a six day Retreat for 55 Activists at the Institute of Noetics Sciences organized by the Pollination Project. More information coming soon.
Teachers: Matthew Morey, Nirali Shah
Date: 5 Sundays: January 22 - February 19, 6:00pm - 8:30pm. 6th & Final Sunday February 26, 11am-3pm.
Location: Community Meditation Center
Cost: Sliding Scale $120 - $240. Code TE1C17.
Register: Will open for registration soon
All teens in high school and beyond are welcome.
Awakening the Mind and Freeing the Heart
A Mindfulness Retreat for Awakening to Self, Relationships and the Earth
This retreat is open to people from all walks of life. We especially welcome people from diverse backgrounds (cultural, economic, LGBTQ or religious).