This evening of meditation and book signing is based on Loch Kelly’s upcoming new book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness.
“In this groundbreaking guidebook, Loch Kelly offers contemporary versions of ancient practices . . . that can liberate our lives with meaning, connection, and clarity. What a beautiful book!” – Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Aware
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a brilliant and essential meditation guidebook. Loch beautifully introduces us to the next stage of mindfulness, bringing it into heartfelt relationship with others.” – Lama Surya Das, author of Make Me One With Everything
Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche said: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” Deliberate mindfulness includes one-pointed focus and nonjudgmentally observing the changing contents of our mind and body. The second approach, effortless mindfulness, shifts from focusing on the contents to discovering the context, an awareness that is already awake and able to focus effortlessly.
We can begin with deliberate mindfulness as a good foundation, or start with effortless mindfulness. In this evening, we will learn how to unhook awareness from thinking and have it turn around to be aware from awake awareness. Rather than concentrating to calm and focus your mind, we will learn to intentionally shift into awake awareness, which is already calm, intelligent, and able to effortlessly focus. This is an important method to learn for your journey of awakening. Effortless mindfulness helps us shift from a self-centered identity to an empty, yet embodied, open-hearted, way of being.
Loch will be available to sign his new book after the meditation evening.
Friday, June 7; 7-9PM General:$20/Members:$18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of the newly released The Way of Effortless Mindfulness and other award-winning books. Loch has been a leading meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and seminar leader for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch has studied with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. For more information, www.effortlessmindfulness.org