PO Box 9286, Santa Fe, NM 87504
Embodying Emotions with Somatic Meditation
Location: Internet / Translator on site
Date: Monday August 19 – to -- September 30th
Time: 6pm to 8pm Mountain Time, USA
Cost: (Donation -- to $200)
We have all experienced what happens when we can’t get a handle on difficult emotions, sooner or later we find ourselves adrift in an ocean of Toxic Stress, adverse effects impacting our physical and mental health, our performance at work and our family life. Everyone has a different constitution, genetic makeup and upbringing, that influence our stress hardiness and conflict literacy. Working with our emotions takes more than a healthy diet, exercise, spiritual practice and regular medical check-ups. Our body bears the burden of trauma and resulting stress and this needs to be addressed directly.
You will learn to work mindfully with emotions and physical sensations through therapeutic awareness, breath practice, and other tools/skills in order to gain insight into embodiment and transcend difficult emotions.
This meditation based group will be open to seven participants. We will meet once a week for seven consecutive weeks for 2 hours each meeting; this will be a closed group that’s not about telling or sharing your story. 14 Continuing Education Units from New Mexico Counseling Therapy & Practice Board.
Facilitator: Ralph Steele, LMFT, SEP, ISP
Ralph has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1987. As a marriage, family and individual therapist his specialty is treating complex trauma & teaching advanced meditation practices. He is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and in Integral Somatic Psychology, the founder, Raja Selvam, Ph.D., Ph.D . Since 2014, Ralph has been assisting Dr. Selvam in advanced trainings. He founded the first Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Hospice training program at Northern New Mexico College and is the Guiding Teacher for Life Transition Meditation Center, a meditation-based trauma & meditation center. His first book, Tending the Fire, an autobiography, explores his year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and Myanmar.
Registration and Further Information
Transforming Emotions Through Somatic Meditation
Fourteen hours over seven weeks:
This group was inaugurated in April, 2017. It is now on the internet to make it available to a larger community. The class meets in my office and on the internet using, Zoom, which is secure and accessible on most devices.
About the group:
Meditation based with skills drawn from all lineages & cultures
Basic Cognitive Format: sensations vs feelings, which are the basis of two kinds of experiences that inform different behaviors,
1st. physical body which contains feelings, stories of patterns, conditions, belief systems, and self regulation;
2nd subtle body: (soul, spirit, & energy body), which contains sensations of goodness, neutral, and bad or painful.
Both experiences/behaviors create our sense of self from moment to moment.
Participants: 5 to 7 seven people for seven weeks, seven two hour sessions
-It’s okay for participants to be on medication
-The use of cigarettes, alcohol, or cannabis will slow you down, but this can be worked with.
-Those who were not on any of the above, noticed “dramatic” improvements
Some participants have taken the Initial Group twice before choosing to move on to the Advanced group, in order to gain a deeper understanding of themselves through the Basic Cognitive Format.
Pre & Post Tests are being administered
14 CEUs are available from the NM Counseling Therapy & Practice Board
There is a synergistic effect, the more participants practice on their own, while not in group. The more positive changes in body, speech and mind will become noticeable.
The application of Mindfulness is shifted to a new level of using one’s abilities to not just analyze what’s “out there” but also “what’s in here”.
People asked for an Advanced group in order to explore this new level more deeply, and to access a deeper level of cleansing / healing.
In each class, participants volunteer for me to work with them individually. Their process impacts all other participants via the “collective subtle body”, resulting in dramatic changes within approximately 15 minutes. When I work with someone privately it takes 1 to 2hrs to achieve this level of progress or breakthrough; in the group it takes an average of 15 minutes.
Since I have been assisting Raja Selvam, Ph.D., Ph.D, in the Integral Somatic Psychology Trauma Treatment Training around the country, I am constantly receiving new materials that have been passed along from current research.
Awakening or entering into the Ocean of Love is accessible, but the process does not end there. Participants are being empowered by the support from group members, and no one knows anybody’s story or history.
No prior meditation experience is necessary.
“I was amazed to see that the energy between each other was high there. We don’t need to be face to face.”
“Even on nights that I have any problems falling asleep, using the “enhancing” exercises helped almost immediately.”
“Working with the Subtle Energy Body is powerful and transformative. I have loved being in this class.”
“Utilizing the joints as grounding points to help move painful energy. This tool made it much easier to actually engage group methods while getting “triggered” outside of group.”
For More Information
Life Transition Meditation Center
PO Box 9286
Santa Fe, NM 87504
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