Loving-Kindness Meditation and Emotional Transformation
In this 7-week course we’ll delve into different juicy meditation practices that cultivate loving states of consciousness, and then we’ll use them to facilitate healing dialogue within ourselves.
In the Therevada Buddhist meditation tradition, there are a set of practices known as the Brahma Viharas through which we can train our brains to generate four flavours of loving awareness: metta (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (rejoicing), and upekkha (unconditional acceptance). In this course, we will learn and practice each of these four, with an emphasis on the development of loving oneself first as a foundation for effectively loving others.
Through mindfulness practice we learn that there is not any single unified thing called the self. What we discover is that our inner world is multi-faceted, made of many strands, many voices. Interestingly, something similar has been discovered in forms of Western emotional healing work. The Western inner work practices of Focusing and Inner Parts Dialogue begin from mindfulness of a felt sense, and then move into a caring inner dialogue that facilitates emotional transformation and integration. The Brahma Viharas and these Western techniques make natural companions, yet, for historical reasons, they are rarely taught in an integrated way. This course seeks to do exactly that; it’s for anyone who’s ever felt frustrated by not knowing what to do when challenging emotions surface – either on the meditation cushion, or in the midst of daily life.
To register please email Avi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to 12 people so please register early to reserve your spot.
Time: 7-9pm, Tuesdays (FULL)
Dates: September 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 7-9pm Wednesdays
Dates: Wed Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11
Location: Institute for Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen St. West., 2nd Floor
Cost: $350 (Paid in advance by PayPal or e-transfer)
Teacher: Avi Craimer
After spending years as an academic philosopher, Avi Craimer fell in love with meditation as a result of an unexpected spiritual breakthrough in 2009. Avi has been taken apart by the “Dark Night” and then lovingly reassembled. He now has a meditation practice and teaching style that synthesizes the jiu-jitsu like technical precision of Theravada Buddhist meditation, the passionate love-play of devotional mysticism, and the wild soulful depths of visionary journey work. Avi is enthusiastic about inter-spiritual dialogue, comparative mappings of contemplative paths, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to teaching meditation classes through the CEC, and running mindfulness programs for children and adolescents, Avi works in private practice helping serious seekers to explore further along their unique path.