"Perfect concentration on the heart, reveals the contents of the mind." ~ PYS 3.34
Lesson Plan and Resources for September 2017 at 1440 Multiversity
Sunday Night: Heart's Breath
Together we will locate the heart, begin to investigate her relationship with breath and practice Loving-kindness.
Please allow yourself some time to investigate your heart here.
Please allow yourself some time to investigate your breath here.
Monday Morning: OPen Handed Compassion
We look at how modern research and the sages understand habit.
We will continue the investigation of the breath and heart, increasing our sensitivity in our hands and touch the practice of Compassion.
Monday Afternoon: Tuning our Instruments of Perception
We will explore samyama through tuning our skills of dharana (steady attention), dhyana (wide open awareness) and samadhi (absorption) through refinement of our instruments of perception.
You might explore how the eyes work and don't.
Tuesday Morning: Capacity for Loving Kindness
We will explore how our nervous system works to increase our capacity for an open flowing heart.
TUesday Afternoon: Listening Changes Everything
Wednesday Morning: Compassionate Patience
Building on our skills we will explore Compassion in stillness and movement.
Wednesday Afternoon: Spacious Equanimity
With the nose as our main guide, we will follow our breath inward to where she is quiet.
THursday Morning: The Intimate FLow of the Heart
We will bravely dive into the practice of Tonglen. You can read a description here.
If you have become curious about the roots of these heart practices read Atisha's Lojong Root Verses for Training the Mind. You can read a brief description of the history of them here. Each one links to a short blog post describing the verse in greater detail as shared by my teacher, Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo.
THursday Afternoon: The Heart Knows What to Do
Building on our skills of sensitivity, Loving-kindness, and Compassion, we will take aim at our real life situations.
THURSDAY MORNING: Next Indicated Action
Our practice and discussion will hone our courage and capacity to show up for what is next for us.
If during our time together some maps and models of the subtle realm would help, here they are.
If helpful after our time together, use the free lessons in Season 1 of Heartful to assist with practice of the Loving-kindness technique.
If helpful after our time together, let Season 2 of Heartful assist with the Compassion Meditations.
If you want to practice Tonglen after our time together, these videos might help.
If interested in exploring the topic of morality and how normal it is for us to lie to others and ourselves, dive into some of the resources here.