Offering one-on-one and small group trainings in the Mindful Awareness system developed by Shinzen Young.
The core skill set of Mindful Awareness training:
- Concentration – the ability to focus on what you consider to be relevant at a given time
- Sensory Clarity – the ability to keep track of what you’re actually experiencing in the moment
- Equanimity – the ability to allow sensory experience to come and go without push and pull
HOW MINDFULNESS REDUCES SUFFERING
A summary, by Shinzen Young
A) A person’s experience of self can be analyzed into two fundamental dimensions:
- Their direct sensory experience of body and mind.
- Their attentional relationship to that sensory experience.
B) A person’s direct sensory experience of body and mind can be parsed into four components (sensory categories):
- Physical-type body sensations
- Emotional-type body sensations
- Visual thought
- Auditory thought
C) A person’s attentional relationship to their sensory experience can be captured in three dimensions.
- Concentration power: The ability to attend to what is deemed relevant at a given time.
- Sensory clarity: The ability to keep the components of sensory experience distinct in awareness.
- Equanimity: The ability to allow sensory events to arise without suppression and pass without holding.
We will refer to this threefold attentional skill set as “Mindfulness.”
D) For a given type and level of sensory challenge, a person’s perceived suffering will, in general, be inversely correlated with their level of mindfulness.
E) A person’s trait mindfulness can be dramatically increased through systematic training.