Each month we will be hosting a skilled, practiced, meditation teacher so that you have the opportunity to begin or deepen your meditation practice with someone experienced in teaching the subject. This is not a series, so you are welcome to any or all of the practices, and no experience is necessary to benefit from and enjoy the sessions. These practices are by donation, and the money will support a local non-profit. This month will benefit The Warm Place.
Meditation: The Nine Basic Personality Structures
Our ordinary experience is often clouded over with aspects of our personality that interfere with our ability to see, think and behave objectively. When we practice meditation, we seek to quiet our personality (which includes our habitual way of thinking, our instinctive reactions to challenges and our heart’s confusions) and make contact with our deeper, more objective, essential self.
In our May practice, we will begin a practice series designed to help you explore, through mudras, mantras and movements, a more objective version of yourself and your potential. Over the course of several bi-monthly practices, we’ll use the well-known system of the Enneagram to gain a deeper appreciation of the nine personality styles that color our lives, and the nine corresponding essential views of reality.
Our May practice features the Enneagram Type Eight personality: the powerful, dominating, self-confident, willful and confrontational part of ourselves. We’ll explore some of the main features of this part of personality, including its core function of protecting the self. We’ll discuss how the features of this type often can inhibit true freedom of being, leaving you angry, willful and vengeful, or inform you, leading to true strength, resilience and self-surrender.
We’ll work with several mantras, a mudra and a yoga pose, each designed to evoke what is essential and objectively true about this aspect of our true nature. The 90 minute practice will include a discussion as well as several short practice sessions and a 20 minute meditation to bring the elements of discussion and practice together.
July’ s practice will feature Enneagram Type Nine: The Peacemaker
September’s practice will work with Enneagram Type One: The Reformer
November’s practice will feature Enneagram Type Two: The Helper
January, 2018: Enneagram Type Three: The Achiever
March 208: Enneagram Type Four: The Individualist
May 2018: Enneagram Type Five: The Investigator
July 2018: Enneagram Type Six: The Loyalist
September 2018: Enneagram Type Seven: The Enthusiast
Your host for this practice is Terry Stevens. Terry has been immersed in the human potential movement for much of her adult life, as a business leader, writer, teacher, executive coach and a student of The Diamond Approach. People appreciate the blend of backbone and heart that characterize Terry’s coaching style. She brings a variety of movement, inquiry, adult learning models and meditative practices to support clients in accessing and growing their personal presence, the foundation for sustained purpose and practical, elegant functioning in the world.
Visit www.terrystevensinc.com to learn more about her work.