The more thoughts you have,
The deeper your calm state is.
thoughts: pro and contra
Thinking is a great human capacity that allows us to go beyond the animal realm. At the same time, thinking can be a curse when this process goes out of our conscious control. Thoughts disturb us distracting our attention, generating strong emotions, conditioning our perception with prejudice. Instead of being a cognitive tool, uncontrolled thoughts become a veil that blocks our cognition, particularly, when we want to look inside ourselves being unable to break through thoughts to deeper layers of mind.
how to deal with thoughts
Therefore, since a long time, humanity has been developing tools for achieving a calm and clear state of mind. Usually this goal is achieved through the process of sharp continuous concentration which is blocking thoughts as well as through keeping the mind away from disturbances.
an eye of a cyclone
But the calm state is not necessarily a state devoid of thoughts. It is rather a state when thoughts still can arise but they neither disturb us nor coerce us into action.
Instead of suppressing or freezing the thinking process in order to achieve a calm state, it is possible to discover the layer of psyche which is not subjected to a habitual whirling of our minds and to bring this important part of ourselves from the unconscious into the conscious. This experience is sometimes referred to as 'an eye of a cyclone'.
ONLINE CONTEMPLATIVE COURSE
natural calm state
The course provides simple and effective instruments which allow one to break out from the stream of disturbing thoughts as well as to understand some fundamental principles of how the mind works.
- interdependence of body and mind in relation to the calm state
- breaking through the chain of thoughts
- focusing and relaxing the attention
- discovering 'an eye of a cyclone'
- overcoming the hindrances of drowsiness and agitation
- how do I see my thoughts?
The course will be in Zoom with a possibility to ask questions.
Igor Berkhin is a long-term meditation practitioner, a Buddhist translator, and a teacher authorized by a prominent Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Besides teaching in a spiritual context, he is one of the pioneers of secular mindfulness meditation in Russia who also broadly teaches around the world. His online course on meditation created for Yoga Journal in 2012 immediately attracted 7000 subscribers and is still one of the most popular online courses on meditation in the Russian language. He presented mindfulness to important think tanks in Russia and teaches meditation for the students of Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis as well as to Gestalt Psychotherapy community. One of his projects is about how to apply contemplative practices for recognizing and neutralizing psychological manipulations. He is a co-founder of the first Russian interdisciplinary conference on mindfulness as well as of the association of Russian-speaking mindfulness teachers.
«Really effective course! Igor gives attention to each participant, seeks and gives feedback. In his course, meditation becomes a real practice, I could realise when I'm really meditating and when I'm just trying to do that. Thank you, Igor!»
«Igor gets to the heart of the matter. In this trying time to enjoy the essence of the practices I've been doing for more than 20 years in so direct and clear a manner is a great blessing. Igor is a down to earth teacher who communicates in a totally accessible way enriching the new and uplifting the experienced in a fresh way. Always authentic and respectful of this ancient path. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.»
«I'd like to thank you very much for enabling me, us, to take part in the course, It was of great benefit. Looking forward to its continuation...»
With his patience, dedication, his listening and his knowledge Igor gives the essential base and simple but profound methods allowing us to develop one's awareness through the present moment, observing and paying attention to our own very condition, sensing the present moment rather than getting lost in the constant stream of distractions. Igor's teaching certainly gave me the tools needed to expand my work and approach to meditation.
«Excellent approach of meditation in Dzogchen view and style. Efficient guidance of the process by Igor Berkhin.»
«I'm grateful to Igor for the course in a group: it's a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice being at any location in the world. The course is laconic, logical, technological and decorated by Igor's special irony that makes learning effective and also pleasant. I'm looking forward for the continuation.»
«My aim was to get rid of the fear of meditation and integrate it into daily practice. Igor explained exercises calmly and with humour, discussed individual difficulties, was very attentive with every participant. As a result, due to the knowledge and the attention of the instructor, the meditation became an accessible instrument and is no longer a frightening necessity. I recommend this course both for beginners and for those who wants to refresh the intention to meditate.»
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4.
Each session lasts for 2 hours. The course is in Zoom.
Please note that the beginning of the last session may change for the countries which are using Summer Time.
The payment is done via PayPal. In a few days after the registration you'll receive an e-mail with a PayPal invoice or you can pay to email@example.com