(Westside) Confidence Beyond Concept: an Introduction to Mudra Space Awareness
with Greg Heffron
"Mindfulness" doesn't mean anything without embodiment. What are we mindful of? The Buddha's first 'foundation' for mindfulness was our body. The unique Shambhala discipline of Mudra Space Awareness challenges us to see that even 'highly trained' people aren't often willing to relate in a raw way with sensory experience. Instead of relating to our actual body, we tend towards what Chogyam Trungpa called "psychosomatic body" -- where we think about our bodily experience, rather than actually feeling embodied. This process is one of the main ways we disconnect from experience and lose our innate confidence.
Mudra Space Awareness is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline unique to the Shambhala lineage, and is rarely taught or practiced. It is also a training for performers (actors, musicians, etc) that's highly effective at generating powerful presence.
While rooted in Tibetan yogic practices, mudra is devoid of religiosity, requiring no particular approach beyond curiosity and a willingness to find out what is hidden inside our experience of the body — especially our perception of fear/anxiety/tension, and the "space" we can discover within tension.
This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those that are. Note that Mudra Space Awareness is entirely distinct from Maitri Space Awareness. The two disciplines are not directly connected in their practice or presentation.
More about Mudra Space Awareness can be found at http://www.mudrainstitute.net/longdot.html
Greg Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute where he teaches Mindful Communication with author and Buddhist teacher Susan Gillis Chapman MA. He has been a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Lineage since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with Craig Smith and become authorized to teach Mudra Space Awareness. In 2007, Smith and Heffron taught this practice in a workshop for fouth-year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. His background is in creative writing, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 2003.