Contemplative Creativity Lab: Journaling as Practice [Online]

with Yuichi Handa

May 8th

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  • $15 Program Price
  • Generosity Policy

Many of us like to journal and even consider it a practice.  

And yet, journaling can sometimes become stale. For example, it can become a place that privileges the "figuring out" mind, that in turn can choke out possibilities for freshness.  Or it can become a place of hoarding and holding onto our insights, or a place of mindless verbosity, thus disintegrating into a kind of project of ego.

But journaling can also be a place where fresh new perspectives and understandings arise, drawing us closer to our hearts and to what truly matters to us. This, in turn, can profoundly affect how we choose and navigate within our lives. Sometimes, the freshness is accidental or spontaneous (perhaps in the midst of verbosity!), but a more conscious way at it might be through asking the right kinds of questions and returning to them again and again. Journaling then can become a form of structured inquiry, or contemplative inquiry.  At some point, it may even become indistinguishable from meditation.

In this workshop, we will explore a few such questions and see where they lead us, both inwardly and outwardly. 

Yuichi Handa is a 30+-year meditation and qigong practitioner, who is also a practicing phenomenologist. He used to teach mathematics at CSU Chico, and now writes, coaches, and “runs” a small business in Bali.  He has written and published a number of books, including Contemplative Meditation: How to Build a Sustainable Daily Practice, The Gifts that Lie Hidden within Difficult Emotions (Parts 1 through 5), and What Does Understanding Mathematics Mean for Teachers: Relationship as a Metaphor for Knowing.  He is also a lifelong journaler!


Contemplative Creativity Lab is an online meditation community group led by Shambhala Art teachers and special guests. Join us from anywhere in the world, live via Zoom  –  Second Saturday of the month 10 AM – 12 PM PT.   The aim with our labs is to engage the senses, bringing the fullness of our awareness to any task. Everyone is warmly welcome, no exceptions. And there is no need for any experience with art or meditation to take part. We've found that contemplative practices work well via Zoom – since the focus is not on the screen, but more on what is arising within your own experience.
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The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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