Cultivating Awareness Meditation Classes:
Re-enchant Your Life
“During the COVID crisis, Soken introduced me to meditation.
Practicing under his guidance has been extremely helpful in these turbulent times.”
—Shonni J. Silverberg, MD, Professor in the Department of Medicine
at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. New York, NY
Our Cultivating Awareness meditation class is an ongoing meditation group that gently weaves meditation and spiritual study into your life without requiring a lot of extra time. It will help you to develop a deeper connection to your vital spiritual energy, sensitivity, and openness.
What are Meditation Classes
Meditation classes offer the benefits of a teacher’s guidance, structured time to practice, and exercises that are carefully designed to help you stay focused.
The Cultivating Awareness Meditation class will help you reflect upon and stay grounded in your true purpose so that you can live a more meaningful life.
What the Cultivating Awareness Meditation Class Look Like
Every week, we meet as a group for an hour, starting with a guided meditation followed by a talk and Q&A. All calls are recorded and available to replay at any time.
You can join the call either over the phone or on the web. And if you are calling from outside the US, joining on the web will have the benefit of saving you the international long-distance phone charges.
Throughout the week you receive encouraging emails including a Call Report that breaks down the key points of the talk, and a Weekend Contemplation that introduces new meditations, exercises and quotes to help guide and focus your study.
Classes are group focused. Students are encouraged to ask, text or email questions and thoughts on the calls and throughout the week.
Here’s an example of one of Soken’s guided meditations:
Who Can Benefit From Meditation Classes?
The Cultivating Awareness Meditation class helps anyone who wants to become a better person and do more good in the world by focusing on their spiritual development.
The class helps anyone who wants to live their best life and is looking for ways to get access to and fuel their spiritual passion and creativity. It is a great group for anyone who wants to be better and to be of service to their communities and families.
What Issues Can Be Addressed?
Our class will encourage your passion to nurture beauty and do more good, even while living in an increasingly disenchanting and chaotic world.
This class is motivation for your enthusiasm to be a better role model and to give back; being a better mother, brother, business owner, artist, writer, son, daughter, student, leader, friend etc., or human-being.
Leading with compassion and being a force for good is challenging even when daily life is normal, jobs are reliable, schools are safe, entertainment and recreation are open, and we generally trust our public spaces.
However, in the difficult times we face today with an unpredictable future and increasing daily stressors, more people are struggling with anxiety, doing their best to maintain their composure.
You may sense a new kind of fearful negativity setting in and notice that lately you don’t have — either in terms of giving or receiving — as much love.
Your daily mental and physical health can also be affected by more negativity in your environment. You may be experiencing weight gain, have trouble sleeping, or you may feel less connected to your strength of purpose.
Feeling stuck and distracted from your deeper purpose, you see a version of yourself that you don’t want to become.
Helping others, acting altruistically and having compassion is not only shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those receiving kindness, but also on the lives of those giving it, as well.
What You Will Accomplish
The Cultivating Awareness meditation class helps you to stay relaxed, in-tune and connected so you can have compassion and become a positive influence on your environment.
Our meditations and spiritual talks help you maintain access to and prioritize a world that is open; a world with wonder, brightness and fascination.
These weekly calls encourage living with increased sensitivity and openness to experience, being more intimate with nature, and having a sense of awe and appreciation for everyday things such as cooking, walking and simply noticing your surroundings. These activities are vital to everyone’s spiritual development.
The spiritual talks and readings help you develop your cognitive understanding of spiritual concepts to further deepen your growth.
Any of these issues- a yearning for more, the desire to do better, a wish to be more altruistic or a need to overcome an environmental stressor may be drawing you to meditation. In short, you are interested in meditation to help you live and experience your best life.
Aren’t Meditation Classes Hard And Time-Consuming?
You may think this sounds pretty great, but that mediation practices will take too much time, and may be hard, and be especially hard to ‘empty your mind’.
Don’t worry about how hard it is to ‘empty your mind’. We don’t want empty minds, we strive for free, creative, composed minds. Our classes will keep you focused, relaxed and engaged to help you face your challenges and be the person you want to be.
But, it’s true, if you can’t find ten minutes in your day to devote to meditation, this won’t be a good time for you to start a new routine. Or if listening to a call or a recording at your convenience one hour a week sounds impossible, then you likely won’t have time right now to deepen your spiritual practice.
But if you can devote a little bit of time to your personal development each week, you will see a big difference in your life, your relationships and your environment.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
“After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, ‘Oh, this pace is terrible!’ But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So, there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language; you cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over you will master it.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
Are There Other Solutions?
If you are looking at meditation classes as a solution, you are likely considering other options as well, like getting a personal trainer, planning a vacation, picking up a hobby, starting a creative project. Maybe you are even considering going on spiritual retreat.
These activities and countless others will have benefits. Whether you are seeking the health and wellness you can experience with a personal trainer, the excitement of a vacation, the creative engagement of a new project or the opening, moving experience of being on retreat, each experience will have its rewards.
But like any experience, it will come and go. Even a spiritual retreat will be another experience that will come and then go when you return to your daily life.
Affecting change, feeling deep meaning and purpose in your life and maintaining an open loving state of mind are things that are not obtained from fleeting experiences. These qualities are cultivated and honed through consistent study and reflection.
With this weekly meditation class and a qualified teacher to guide you, you have the opportunity to participate in a consistent focused spiritual study to stay connected to your spiritual purpose, feel whole, and reconnect with feelings of goodness, positivity and purity.
You can be in a pure place; you can return to your true self and even figure out how to act from that place. You can cultivate yourself as a role model grounded in wisdom, compassion, peace and joy and be a better example for your family, co-workers, and community.
What Will These Meditation Classes Help You Achieve?
The Cultivating Awareness Meditation class can help you stay connected to your spiritual life and cultivate your own wisdom so you can have a positive influence on your environment.
Our meditation class helps with:
- Securing guidance and teaching
- Maintaining your practice
- Deepening your experience
- Being altruistic and loving
- Giving and giving back
- Finding meaning and purpose
- Regaining magic and enchantment
- Feeling at peace and connected
- Feeling unified and open
“Meditation helps me to remain calm in most situations.
It makes a difference because other people pick up on the serenity and carry it with them.
So, it eventually makes a difference in many people’s lives.”
– Margaret G., Chico, CA
What Does the Process Look Like?
As soon as you sign up, you will receive an email with all of the information you need to join the live calls or listen to recordings of past calls.
Each week we meet for an hour, beginning with a guided meditation followed by a talk and Q&A.
Call or contact me to schedule a free consultation or enroll online. We can talk and see what your needs are, what brings you to meditation, and I can answer just about any question you have about meditation. We’ll see if it is a good fit.
At that point, you sign up or you are free to take what you have learned on our call and go on your way.
It is an easy fun conversation and there is no pressure or hard sell at the end.
Weekly Call Timeline
Class starts every Monday at 9:00 PM EST.
Before you call in be sure to find a comfortable, quiet place that will allow you to concentrate and relax. You will spend the first half of the class in a guided meditation and the last half listening to a spiritual talk with the opportunity for Q &A at the end.
And remember if life gets in the way, the calls are recorded so you never have to miss a class. You will always have access to the calls in the archive on the private members’ page.
The class meets once a week on Mondays for one hour.
You can attend all scheduled classes with unlimited access to call recordings and meditations.
Every Friday you will receive a Weekend Contemplation email that provides you with additional contemplative exercises and topics for reflection and focus.