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Four Foundations of Mindfulness


Sun 3 Dec 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm

Where: Kerr Street Artspace, 16 Kerr Street, Devonport, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed


Listed by: mindbalance

This one day workshop is based on the seminal Buddhist text of mindfulness instructions called Satipatthana which covers the four foundations of mindfulness.

The four foundations of mindfulness workshop will be held in Devonport at the foot of Mt Vic. During the lunch break you can enjoy lunch at one of the many Devonport cafes, walk down to the water of up the hill.

During the workshop we will practice the four postures embodied in meditation: walking, sitting, standing and lying down. The focus will be on embodying the four foundations of mindfulness in meditation practice and in everyday life.

- The first foundation of mindfulness:
is our body. Through the practice of mindfulness of breath and the four postures of the body(sitting, walking, standing and lying down) we can gain more awareness of the five senses and our innate capacity to connect with the present moment through breath and the grounding of awareness in the body.

- The second foundation of mindfulness:
is mindfulness of sensations and feeling tones in our body. It is so easy to develop a knee jerk response to the feeling nature of our experience which manifests as the aversion towards the unpleasant feelings, craving towards the pleasant and zoning out and boredom towards the neutral. The second foundation of mindfulness has at it’s heart the development of equanimity.

- The third foundation of mindfulness:
is about awareness itself, the knowing quality of the mind and the exploration of consciousness. Everything that arises in the mind – a thought, an opinion, a memory, a belief, feelings of anger of fear or desire – all these mental objects can be experienced calmly, with awareness and clear perception.

- The fourth foundation of mindfulness:
Is awareness of mental factors. They can be positive or negative, leading away from or towards the suffering. We will look at hindrances as well as the factors of awakening.

“You must have a place in your house, or in your mind, or a moment in your day where you can go, where you do not know what you owe anyone or what anyone owes you; and you do not know who you are married to, and you do not know who your children are, and you do not know what your career is, and you go there, not to leave any of these responsibilities behind, but to go to a place of first hand remembrance, where you get back in conversation with yourself and have a real relationship with yourself.” - Joseph Campbell

“Maya has a presence, an aura; her calm delivery is perfect from me, she just feeds your soul!” -

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