"Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns...We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small."
FINDING RESOURCES FOR RENEWAL
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION COURSE
The 7th cycle of this course starting Tuesday, April 28th 6.30-8.00PM
Do you crave having a break from non-stop thoughts ?
Have you tried relaxing with meditation apps and found that it helps just a litlle bit before you figdety again?
Are you curious about meditation and how it can help you step out of negative feelings?
Do you crave being able to simply rest, feel peaceful and energiesed?
Finding energy in a busy life, knowing how to stop negative thinking, growing a genuine love for yourself - these and much more can be your gifts, your resources for renewal, with the practices of meditation.
MEDITATION IS NOT ABOUT SITING IN LOTUS POSITION WITHOUT MOVING,
BUT ABOUT LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH ALL THE
THE NEGATIVE LOOPS
AND THE SENSE FEELING SMALL IN YOUR LIFE
SO YOU CAN RADICALLY SHIFT IT
Meditation has played an important role in the routines of wise and successful people for thousands of years.
Nowadays science has demonstrated the many benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness for well-being .
For many people the drive to achieve higher levels of performance leads to low levels of concentration & creativity and high levels of stress. Meditation is both a way of life and a practice, a training of the mind that results in a life led with greater meaning and practical tools to handle the various challenges of life.
This Introduction to Meditation will give you the basic knowledge and experience needed to allow you to cultivate your resources for renewal, increase your capacity to focus on the things you care about, with a sense of restfulness and inner peace.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION IS A 6 WEEKS COURSE, FOCUSING ON:
What is mindfulness and how to cultivate it
Cope with negative feelings and transform them
The necessary knowledge to meditate confidently in groups or by yourself
Finding inner peace, reducing stress and developing laser-sharp focus
Discovering what are the 5 common traps of your mind
Cultivating tools for making desired changes in life
The foundations of inner wisdom that lead to self-reliance and self-confidence
Elevation of fulfilment and joy in your life
Whether you haven’t meditated a single day in your life or have been doing so for ages,
this course will be an amazing source of support and teaching for you.
Shelly draws from 20 years of experience in the practice and teaching of meditation,
trained by some of the most celebrated teachers in the world,
to make it fun and accessible to anyone.
When it comes to meditation you'd probably want to learn from those who have gained
a first hand experience in the practice, and dealt with the kinds of challanges you deal with
to be able to guide you safely
THIS COURSE INCLUDES:
6 weeks of hands-on guided training in mindfulness meditation, 90 mins each week
A printed booklet with guidance and information on all teachings of the 6 weeks for you to keep
Recorded meditations sent to via email to help your self-practice at home in between meetings
Direct access to the teacher for questions and feedback on your practice for the duration of the 6 weeks
** Meditation cushions are provided **
Early-bird resitration by April 1st: 179CHF
Full price : 197CHF
WHERE & WHEN
Minervastrasse Zurich - full details will be provided with registration
6 Tuesday 18:30-20:00 from April 28th-June 2nd
Space is limited to 6 participants
WORDS OF LOVE FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
"I really enjoyed the meditation class. It was a special experience to meditate with other people and it felt like a very welcoming and comforting place to me.
It's helpful to be able to share thoughts and experiences with others. I enjoyed your teaching style - I appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into your classes.
Meditation helped me to reconnect with myself, to better understand my own needs and desires.
I will keep on meditating :)"
"I really enjoyed these evenings where I was coming meditating. It was the warm nest of the winter. I will miss them. I also enjoyed a lot your insights and feedback, surprising and on the spot... as well as for the meditation, it gave me perspective on my practice and strengthen it at the same time."
"I wanted to join this meditation course to learn a tool to calm my mind and stop negative emotions and feelings.
Shelly did an amazing job at sharing different teachings with us, without being dogmatic about it. She took her time and offered every participant the necessary space to share and open up. She answered all of our questions and was able to transmit peace and love.
After the course I can say that I am more aware of little details in my life. I can feel when a negative emotion comes up and now have a tool to feel calm again.
I would recommend this course to everyone. There is so many benefits of feeling like you can trust and let go of everything that doesn’t do you any good."
"I really enjoyed your supportive way of teaching! And that you answered questions by emailsalways very quickly was also very helpful, as well as the recorded meditations
Now during the day I sometimes take a step back and pause, not filling every moment with activity. And I try not to do everything at the same time and enjoy the situation I'm in more. I am still at the beginning of that and learning how to do best, but you made me feel okwith little steps :-)"
Why do I need introduction to meditation course?
Many come to meditation with the aim to calm down and reduse dtress, but as soon as they sit down and close their eyes they feel attacked by many thoughts, can't relax and conclude that meditation is not for them or that simply they failed.
You cannot fail in meditation!, but you need the guidance to learn how to deal with thoughts and feelings to be able to enjoy the benefits of meditation.
Many have benefited from the Introduction to meditation course, even after attending few MBSR courses.
Why should I sign up with you?
Ohh. I love this question!
The word mindfulness is used today like a chewing gum nowadyas, and when it's introduced without the depth of hands-on experience it doesn't lead to the desired effects.
I have been practicing insight meditation and Zen meditation in dozens of silent retreats courses and daily guided practices since 2002 under worldwide known teachers, amongst them Christopher Titmuss, Jack Kornfild, Stephen & Martin Bachlor, Chalrles & Patricia Genoud. I am know to bring the teachings to a "down-to-earth" approach that allows ANYONE to meditate, and infusing the teaching with my own life-long conversation with the arts, poetry, writing and personal transformation
What's the difference between mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness happens when you're fully and actively aware of whatever it is you're engaged with - at the present moment. So not after the fact, but in real time.
You can be mindful of eating lots of cakes or mindful of talking unkindly to your partner, what really matters how you apply mindfulness to facilitate the changes you're interested in.
Meditation is like the practice. If you're a yogi - it's like the Asana, the container of the practice. When you set a space and time to intentionally connect with what you're engaging with you are meditating. Meditation can be practiced informally - like in writing, cooking, taking a walk- or formally - like in mindfulness meditation where you use the "activity" of mindfulness to connect with your inner world.
I don't have much time to practice at home, I'm very busy, will this course still benefit me?
It's a no brainer that whatever you're doing frequently you'll become better at - so it is with meditation. BUT. This course will give you ways to slow down the mind and be more mindful even through every-day activity so you can enjoy the benefits of this course. In fact, each week includes specific instructions and recommendations on how to weave in this practice into your daily life.
Is 6 weeks too short? too long? What can I really expect to learn in 6 weeks?
Bare in mind that this is an introduction course. So you will definitely learn the foundations of meditation practice, and the 4 foundations of mindfulness.
This course will also equipped you with the tools to stop the whirlpool of negative emotions, cool down anxiety and stress, feel good about your practice whether in a group or at home and step away from self-judgment and self-critisism.
For deeper learning please check out my retreats and courses..
This course has been offered for quite a few times. The insights, clarity and transformation I've witnessed showed that 6 weeks is a good formula for this course
Is it a Buddhist or a religious course?
This course is a secular course. I draw the knowledge from my extensive practice in Buddhist meditation, but I do not use Buddhist language so do not fear. It's not about the jargon but about the first hand experience you will be guided to in order to gain your own depth and understanding. My practice is infused with other contemplative practices such as poetry, Aikido, painting, conscious dialogue and more. This course is designed to provide you with the basic yet deep understanding of the teachings of this ancient practice in a modern orientation
MORE ... WORDS OF LOVE FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
I really enjoyed the feeling of community when coming to this class each week to meditate together with the other participants. I especially enjoyed the teachings and stories Shelly shared in between the meditation.
I think one of the most important lessons from the course is the importance of developing an awareness around my thoughts and feelings that I can take with me into my daily life, which makes me more conscious about how I interact with my family and friends.
I really enjoyed the classes and I already miss them.
For me the meditation is very helpful to calm down and to relax when I feel stressed and nervous and also when having too many thoughts in my mind. I am still not meditating regularly but at least from time to time when I am actually not feeling well.
The course helped me to find my weak points and problems and address them.
When I reached out to Shelly, I was looking for support in enabling a deeper self-connection. Shelly’s true and authentic teachings emit her profound experience and deep knowing about self and life.
Most important for me was seeing her presence as a role model of her teachings, right in front of me. Her givings were large in generosity, yet balanced and allowing focus. She clearly meets people where they are and gently but in it’s truth, challenge them to go further.
Guided meditations, both live and recorded ones were holding most helpful and soothing space to do it myself and I did.
Shelly’s being and presence invites naturally for exploring the self further with her as a trusting teacher and partner on a journey as she is an immense source of giving to others. I love that Shelly is so broad and unlimited in all possible ways she can support development of others. As the first meditation course ended I felt intrigued and motivated to continue the learning journey with her in.