Workshop on Mindful Inquiry

In-person Only
$249

What is Mindful Inquiry?  It is a powerful tool to listen deeply in each moment– both to ourselves and to others– for clear seeing.  Often, our minds are seeking solutions to problems, and we are out of touch with the energy in our bodies and what we are intuitively sensing.  Paradoxically, focusing on solutions is often not as helpful to being with the experience in compassionate presence.  Through mindful inquiry, we move past the surface information to gain clarity on more essential information.  We let go of the assessing mind for deeper insight.

First, we learn to tune into our bodies which provide a wealth of information.  Among the many questions we may ask, can be:  What sensations do I notice in my body?  What am I present to in this moment?  What is my mind telling me?  Through what lens am I observing this experience?  Is there something in this moment which I am not able to accept?  How does any judgment manifest?   Does my judgment change the way I view and interact in this situation?  Is this something I have felt before?  Again, these are just a few of the many questions that we use to explore our inner experience or that of another.

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Key Takeaways

  • tune into your body for information;
  • observe your thoughts and notice if the voice is yours or someone else’s;
  • listen to your heart;
  • notice internalized beliefs that you may not realize you have;
  • connect with your inner wisdom.

Course Description

This intensive workshop will help us explore mindful inquiry as a tool for getting clarity on any situation in our lives.  In the beginning we will get to know one another, agree to commit to confidentiality for anything shared by others, and create other agreements to create a safe space.

The format for the workshop will include a small amount of lecture, but is mostly experiential.  Some experiential practices will use guided imagery through meditation; others will be written exercises.  Some of the exercises are individual; some with the full group; and others, in dyads.  Students are invited, but not forced, to share their discoveries with others throughout the day.  You may share as much or as little as you feel comfortable.

Experiential practices can help us gain deep clarity on issues which previously created confusion or ambivalence.  When we gain clarity, we see our needs and how we can best proceed in any relationship or situation.

On occasion, these kinds of experiential exercises can uproot challenging emotions for some people.  Students will be requested not to push beyond their comfort level in any exercise and to listen to what their bodies are saying.  Should anyone become activated, they will be asked to refocus on mind-calming practices shared at the beginning of the workshop.

Instructors

Ann Friedman, Ph.D.

Additional Information

Location:

This class will be delivered in person only at the Mindful Being Studio.

Mindful Being Studio
4544 Post Oak Place Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027

*NOTE: Please be sure to type this address exactly into your navigation app as there are several variations of the Post Oak street name in our area. We want to be sure that you are specifically routed to our building.

Parking:

There is free parking available in the front and rear of our office building. For students attending night classes, there is a security guard present in the building.

Please note that the building doors lock at 6pm, so you will need to enter through the back door of the building, where the security guard sits. 

Other Items to Note:

(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)

Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes. 

Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak. 

We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, that it is fine, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. We understand, however, that things can happen beyond your control and we would rather have you come late than not at all. 

If you will miss your class, please inform the instructor.  You may make up the class the next time the series is offered; or you may take the entire next series again for free.  Alternatively, you can pay for a private make-up session. 

You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio. 

There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).

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