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#OccupyThePresent with Embodied Mindfulness | 6:30-8PM EST


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Jim Conley, Dr. Steven Gross, Mary Reilly Nichols
Thursdays; 6:30-8pm EST | July 30th, August 6th, 13th & 20th

Self-regulation & embodied presence: Learn technologies to self-regulate, focus attention, and manage emotions.

• Improve your internal awareness & external social alignment
• Enhance pattern recognition
• Promote confidence, adaptability, and presence
• Integrate practices of focused attention & awareness into your day

All are welcome. This four-part series will introduce the neuroscience and contemporary research of contemplative practice, as well as providing an overview of four scopes of Mindfulness and introduce practices to develop compassion for oneself and others.

Each 90-minute session will include a different Special Guest, plus two meditations.
Each session stands alone and can be taken à la carte, or as a series.
For beginners & experienced meditators, organizational leaders, healthcare professionals and students

• To attend one day:
General admission: $25 / Tibet House US Members: $22.50
• Attend all 3 classes: General admission: $66 / Tibet House US Members: $60


Session #1   |  July 30; 6:30-8pm EST  |  Suggested donation $10
Neuroscience. An Intro to Mindfulness of the Breathing Body
Dr. Steven Gross and Jim Conley

• Introductory meditation
• Evolutionary perspectives of survival, pain, pleasure, stress, and an intro to negativity bias
• Review of current neuroscience: What we know to date; empirical evidence, data, research
• Attention versus Awareness. The illusion of multitasking
• Using the breath & other objects of attention as mental stabilizers
• Closing meditation

Session #2 | August 6; 6:30-8pm EST  |  $25 / Tibet House US members: $22.50
Mindfulness of Sensation. Storytelling.
Jim Conley and Mary Reilly Nichols

• Meditation: Body & Sensation
• Mindfulness of Sensation: The 5 sense doorways
• Somatic entrainment
• The Board Room in our Mind
• Perception vs the construction of self-narratives
• Recognizing emotional charge in thoughts and concepts
• Mindful & fluid movement, embodied practice, and an intro to breathwork

Session #3  | August 13; 6:30-8pm EST  | $25 / Tibet House US members: $22.50
Raw Perception and Metacognition
Jim Conley

• Meditation: The Clarity of the Primary Mind
• The primary mind, reactivity, and negativity bias
• The recognition of instinctive stress habits, and insights into habit formation
• Witnessing the awareness of awareness
• Turning meditative ‘states’ into ‘traits’
• Meditation: Meta-awareness

Session #4  | August 20; 6:30-8pm EST  | $25 / Tibet House US members: $22.50
Self & Other
Jim Conley

• Meditation: TBD
• Transitioning from Inside (your mind) to Outside (social engagement)
• Emotional literacy & setting boundaries
• Empathy to Compassion
• Introduction to compassion practices
• Meditation: Lovingkindness

• To attend one day: General admission: $25 / Tibet House US Members: $22.50

• Attend all 3 classes: General admission: $66 / Tibet House US Members: $60


Mary Reilly Nichols, Director of Nalanda Institute’s Yoga, Mind & Spirit, has been teaching yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy for over 3 decades. She offers frequent workshops on topics in Classical Yoga, Advaita Non-Dualism and the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism. Currently, Ms. Nichols teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and is involved in ongoing research on the mind/body benefits of yoga and meditation.

Mary holds a BA in anthropology from Harvard University, and completed five years of residency in the meditation ashrams of Swami Muktananda both in India and in the US.

Dr. Steven Gross is a tenured Professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), a biomedical researcher, Director of Advanced Training in Pharmacological Sciences, and Director of the Metabolomics Lab.

Steve has an active yoga practice and is a life-long student of the theory and practice of consciousness exploration, mind training, and the positive benefits of contemplative practice. He is enthusiastic about sharing current research findings regarding the neuroscientific basis for the healthful benefits afforded by mindfulness meditation.

After earning his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC, beginning in the late 1980s Dr. Gross and colleagues made several key discoveries about nitric oxide. What was previously thought to be a simple environmental toxin was discovered to be (1) produced by the cells of all mammals, including humans, and (2) a signaling molecule that plays a part in diverse and vital bodily functions such as fighting infections, communicating between nerve cells, determining the diameter of blood vessels, and the force of a heart’s contraction.

Since then his major research focus has been elucidating mechanisms of cell signaling by reactive molecules with a primary focus on the physiological chemistry and biology of nitric oxide (NO) — culminating in +170 published papers, 25 issued US patents, and the founding of a biotech start-up that conducted a multinational Phase III clinical trial testing the therapeutic efficacy of a NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor to ascertain whether such a drug can save the lives of patients with cardiogenic shock, an emergency condition that kills more than half of its victims and occurs in 8 percent to 10 percent of patients with severe heart attacks.

With Nobel Laureates in the field he founded the NO Society and organized or participated in over a dozen national and international gatherings on NO chemistry and biology. In 2011, the American Chemical Society for Achievements in Mass Spectrometry recognized him with an award for small molecule mass spectrometry, and in 2015 Agilent Technologies designated his lab as a Center of Excellence in Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry.

Selected publications: http://vivo.med.cornell.edu/display/cwid-ssgross#Authorship

Jim Conley is an investment banker, meditation teacher, co-founder of #OccupyThePresent, and managing director of Yellion Partners, a boutique specializing in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, turnaround counsel, and operational & strategic advisory to private and public companies. His professional experience includes long-term assignments – 16+ years – living in Brussels, London, and Amsterdam, working for Prudential Securities, JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank.

As a life-long meditator, Jim’s interest in contemplative practice originated while attending a Jesuit high school in Phoenix, through Zen studies in college, and pursued him through his twenties during 4 years of competitive bicycle racing in Europe. In search of a more disciplined stretching routine he attended his first yoga class in Brussels, and on retreat met an authentic yoga master visiting from India who initiated him into deeper forms of meditation. This then led to studies in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. Jim also trained at the Monroe Institute, an educational and research organization for human consciousness exploration.

He completed the Nalanda Institute’s two-year Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy in 2017, and also earned the teacher training certificate in Compassion-Based Resilience Training, an evidence-based course for building resilience and well-being using mindfulness and compassion practices, visualization techniques, somatic awareness training, and breathwork.

His mindfulness training curriculum integrates contemplative skills from India and Tibet with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and integrative medicine.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ejamesconley/


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