Sunday, April 7
Cost: $45 pre-registration / $50 day of
Listening is a subtle art form at the root of spiritual practice and harmonious human relations. As such, it is both an outward facing and inward facing function. As listening deepens it becomes a singular process of bringing awareness to the entirety of an experience.
When Guru Nanak, founder of Sikh Dharma, came out of samadhi, he spoke 36 stanzas of which four were about listening. Each stanza concludes with: Deeply listening, sorrows and errors depart
The implication is that when we listen deeply enough all things merge into singularity. Or, put more simply, we cultivate an understanding and acceptance of every situation based on the interrelatedness of all existence - thus all sorrows and errors depart.
But… how does one cultivate this quality of listening? The first step is to recognize that listening is a practice. It is a relational practice not unlike meditation that requires consistent effort, practice, and even study to truly master. In this workshop, you will learn:
The building blocks of a listening process that will help you become a much better listener
To observe your internal experience during a conversation in a way that will significantly expand your ability to communicate and be present
Simple daily practices that will help you improve your listening
Natasha and Lorenz have been guiding and facilitating small group interactions since 2012. They are co-founders of sutra.co, a software platform designed around small group, collaborative learning with an emphasis on deep communication and conversational intelligence. Sutra supports the online learning component of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma as well as numerous mindfulness oriented courses. They are both certified Kundalini Yoga teachers and have worked closely with Hari Kaur Khalsa to produce several online courses.
Their work integrates a masters study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with Theory U work from MIT professor Otto Scharmer and Immunity To Change methodologies from Harvard professors Robert Keegan and Lisa Lahey.