This workshop will explore the various practices of mindfulness with the objective to allow participants to design their own practice that will allow them to “sit on the steps” and observe. Not all methods suit all individuals – while some struggle with one type of meditation, others may find that meditation very insightful.
The focus of design will be on the “integration” of various inquiry, meditation and mindfulness practices to suit the different enneagram and instinctual sub-types. The objective of the process is to target the practices to create a balance within the 3 centres to create:
a quiet (but curious) mind, a grounded body and an open heart.
Combining the approaches of the enneagram and mindfulness will deepen our understanding of ourselves. The understanding of our personality patterns using the enneagram facilitates the practice of mindfulness, while the practice of mindfulness helps us to experience the patterns within us. This leads to the paradox of the more we know ourselves, the more we can let go of our habitual selves – the central process of transformation.
“The core truth that the Enneagram conveys to us is that we are much more than our personality. Beyond the limitations of our personalities [is the] unrecognized quality of Being or Presence … called our Essence. We do not experience our Essence … because our awareness is so dominated by our personality. But as we learn to bring awareness to our personality, it becomes more transparent, and we are able to experience our Essence more directly.”
—Riso & Hudson (The Wisdom of the Enneagram,1999, p. 27)
The workshop is offered to those who are familiar with their type and the enneagram. The workshop will be held over 3 days and focus on experiential work in the mindful practices as well as group sharing.