Mindful Self-Leadership, Mindful Resilience and other events at IMA in February

Dear Integral Meditators,

I hope that 2015 has started well for you, and that you have been enjoying your meditation and mindfulness practices in January.

Here are the events at Integral Meditation Asia in February, three chances to participate in the experience of integral mindfulness and meditation!

Yours in the spirit of the journey,

Toby

Upcoming Live Classes & Workshops

Sunday 1st February – Mindful Self-Leadership: Take Control of Your Life Direction and Wellbeing Through Awareness, Curiosity, Courage and Care (Scroll down for full details)

Tuesday 10th February, 7.30-9.30pm – An Evening of Mindful Resilience – Sustaining effectiveness, happiness and clarity under pressure through meditation and mindfulness

Saturday 14th February, 2.30-5.30pm – Mindfulness and Meditation For Creating a Mind of Ease, Relaxed Concentration and Positive Intention 

Mindful Self-Leadership: Take Control of Your Life Direction and Wellbeing Through Awareness, Curiosity, Courage and Care

Butterflies on beachTime:  Sunday February 1st, 9.30-12.30pm

Location: Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road
#04-04 Cluny Court, Click HERE to see map of location.

Sample client testimonial: “Learning to meditate has been one of my most profound and enriching experiences. Toby is a masterful teacher and facilitator.He’s able to bridge his in-depth knowledge and experience as a monk and make it accessible to anyone — whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or busy executive.” – Click here to read furtherreviews of Toby’s coaching and workshops

In a sentence: Learn how you can develop deep confidence in yourself, take benevolent control of your life, overcome inner inhibitions such as fear and invite fulfilment and wellbeing into your life through the practice of mindful self leadership.

Watch 5minute video by Toby on Mindful Self-Leadership “Leaping Like a Tiger” HERE

Listen to 45minute free talk and preview of Mindful Self Leadership by Toby HERE

Overview: The best place to learn how lead is within yourself. Do you agree?

Developing your Mindful Self-leadership is about how you can:

  • Feel increasing levels of comfort and confidence in your relationship to yourself, your life and in your ability to take your life in the direction that you truly want it to go
  •  Develop your self-knowledge and self-understanding so as to find out what will really make you most happy
  • Find ways of being making use of the challenges that you face, by taking responsibility for them and leading yourself to the best solutions to those challenges
  • Learn to communicate with yourself and others in a way that encourages you to express your deeper values in the way you think feel and act
  • Develop a capacity for self-leadership that will be an inspiration to others and encourage them to develop their own self-leadership skills
  • Do all of the above using a set of mindfulness practices that enables you to drop into states of mind that are relaxing, peaceful and regenerative, and that will help you dramatically reduce the amount of negative stress and anxiety in your life.

If you have been answering ‘yes’ to the above points then the course in mindful self leadership is for you.

This course is suitable for:

  • Those who may be new to mindfulness and who want to learn it in a way that cultivates the self-leadership skills outlined above.
  • People who are already familiar with mindfulness and meditation practice and wish to learn how to use it in a leadership context.

What does it Cost? – Sing $13o

TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR BY THE WORKSHOP BY CREDIT CARD (PAYPAL), CLICK HERE 

Special offer: Get the Mindful Self Leadership Online workshop as well as the live workshop for just $160 (save Sing$65)

TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR BY THE MINDFUL SELF-LEADERSHIP LIVE WORKSHOP AND ONLINE COURSE BY CREDIT CARD, CLICK HERE 

Full Details of the Three Hour Workshop:

This three our workshop introduces four fundamental mindfulness practices that you can take into your daily life in order to develop your capacity for confident self-leadership. These four practices are as follows:

  1. Encountering – Developing your foundation for mindful self–leadership by increasing your capacity to encounter ALL of your reality without being intimidated by it
  2. Accepting – Mindfully accepting all of whom you are in order to lead yourself beyond who you are
  3. Envisioning – Connecting to the values of your personal self-leadership style
  4. Empowering – Taking responsibility for respecting who you are and expressing it appropriately in your life

Each of these practices invites the ongoing development of your own personal self-leadership style and understanding of how it can be integrated into your daily life.

As well as guiding these exercises Toby will here will be giving talks on each of them, and there will be time for exploration of the practices through Q&A

In addition to the workshop you will receive:

  • MP3 recordings of the practices and talks that are done during the workshop
  • Full workshop notes with all of the mindful self leadership exercises included as well as other relevant articles and materials.
  • All in all you will have a very clear idea of how you can continue your mindful self leadership practice in your daily life after leaving the workshop

For further information or to book your place please contact info@integralmeditationasia.com or SMS96750279

Workshop Structure:

The workshop aims to be very experiential, leading you to a very personal understanding of what Spiritual Enlightenment is, how we can cultivate it through specific exercises, and how it can be applied to your life.

1st 90mins – Introductory talk and meditation on Stages 1&2 of the Mindful Awakening Practices:

1. Connecting Intuitively and energetically to our own Enlightened Presence

2. Cultivating Enlightened Flow

Time for Q&A

15mins Tea break

Next 75mins – Talk, exercises and meditation on stages 3&4 of the Mindful Awakening Practices:

3. Cultivating Enlightened Imperfection – Connecting to enlightenment amidst the imperfection of daily life

4. Small Self Big Self – Connecting and integrating your everyday ego and self with your enlightened self.

Time for Q&A

Conclusion.

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Special offer for 1:1 Coaching For January at Integral Meditation Asia (Via skype or face to face)

Tree Dreaming Taya BarishevDear Integral Meditators,

Integral Meditation Asia has two special announcements for January:

1) First of all there is a special offer on all 1:1 coaching from now until the end of January. If you sign up for a 3x 60 minute package on any of the special forms of coaching offered (see them listed below) then the price is just Sing$510. The usual price for such packages is Sing$600. If you have been looking for some mindfulness & mindfulness coaching then this is an ideal time to act!

The sessions can be done just as easily via skype as they can live face to face, so if you aren’t in Singapore, this is not an obstacle!

The only condition on this special offer is that you must register for the start of the sessions before the end of January, and they must be completed within the time-span of 5 weeks.

2) Secondly I have launched an entirely now life-coaching program called Life-fullness  – The Integral Coaching Program which is a medium and long term format of coaching for those who may be looking for a life-coaching program that explicitly integrates mindfulness as a central practice. I’ll be writing and hopefully doing some short videos on this theme over the next few weeks, but for now do click on the write up and have a read!

Yours in the spirit of the fullness of life,

Toby

Different coaching sessions at Integral Meditation Asia:

Handle Stress and Have Peace of Mind – Personal Coaching with Toby

Stress Transformation Coaching

Shadow Self Coaching

Meditation/Stress-Transformation for Couples

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Live Workshops, retreats and classes at Integral Meditation Asia in January 2015

Blue LeavesDear Integral Meditators,

Looking for some meditation and mindfulness to set  the beginning of your 2015 up in a positive and grounded way? Integral Meditation Asia has two events in January, with a further one on February 1st to help you get exactly that!

We begin with a day retreat specifically designed to help you deepen and strengthen your fundamental meditation practice and skills: Sunday 11th January 9.30am-12.30pm – Regenerating Your Inner Self – Integral Meditation Half – Day Retreat

This is then followed on Sunday 18th January,9.30am-12.30pm by Meditations for Connecting to the Green World – An Introduction to the Path of Nature Mysticism

And then on Sunday 1st February by Mindful Self-Leadership: Take Control of Your Life Direction and Wellbeing Through Awareness, Curiosity, Courage and Care

Do come down and join us for any and all of these events!

In the spirit of the journey,

Toby

 

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Three Free Integral Mindfulness Meditations

Lily leaf undersideDear Integral Meditators,

Last Tuesday I facilitated an ‘Evening of Integral Mindfulness‘. Below are three of the mindfulness exercises that we did, together with the link to the particular article on my blog that they are related to, enjoy listening & reading!

Yours in the spirit of mindfulness,

Toby

Mindfulness meditation 1 (10-12mins long)IME Ex1 – Seven Ways to Mindfully Save and Create More Energy

Related article: Seven Ways to Mindfully Save and Create More Energy

Mindfulness meditation 2 (10-12mins long)IME Ex2 – On Curiosity, Courage and Care

Related article: Curiosity, Courage, Care – Cornerstones of the Mindful Encounter

Mindfulness meditation 3 (6-8mins long)IME Ex3 On Street Mindfulness

Related article: Street Mindfulness – Three Key Questions

 

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Events at Integral Meditation Asia for December 2015

Dear Integral Meditators,

I hope this message finds you well, and that you have been enjoying your meditation and mindfulness practices in November!

In December we have two workshops at Integral Meditation Asia. the first is on Sunday December the 7th – Meditations for Activating, Healing and Awakening our Ancestral Karma, I have placed full details of that below.

The second workshop is on Sunday December 14th, 9.30am-12.30pm – An Introduction to Meditation From the Perspective of  Zen

I hope you’ll join us for one or other of these!

Yours in the spirit of the journey,

Toby

Ancestral Banyan TreeMeditations for Activating, Healing and Awakening our Ancestral Karma

Date & Time: Sunday December 7th, 9.30am-12.30pm

Location: Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road
#04-04 Cluny Court, Click HERE to see map of location.

In a sentence: Enrich, deepen & stabilize your inner and outer life by creating a living connection to your close and distant ancestors through meditation.

Overview: In ancient cultures the ancestors were seen as a spiritual guiding force who overlighted, advised, supported and protected us in our life’s journey as an individual, as a family and as a tribe. They also provided a context within which people could evaluate their life and work, as well as reference points for us in our inner growth and quest for enlightenment and inner wholeness.

This workshop explores relevant and living ways in which we can connect to our own ancestral inheritance in a manner that is appropriate for and empowering to our contemporary lives.

In particular the classes will offer practical meditations to:

  • Engage in  a living communion with both our close (recent in time) and ancient (distant in time) ancestors
  • Heal damaged or imbalanced ancestral karma that we may have inherited
  • Awaken fully to the gifts and potentials (spiritual, psychological and material) that our ancestral karma has to offer us

Summary structure of the workshop: Here is a review of the meditations that we will be doing. There will be time in between the meditations for discussion, writing down experiences and receiving guidance and clear instructions from Toby.

  • Meditation 1 – Connecting to our distance ancestors, receiving their gifts and releasing their burdens
  • Meditation 2 – Connecting to our close ancestors; receiving their gifts and releasing their burdens
  • Mediation 3 – Meditating with the two rivers of ancestral karma within us; The rivers of blood and the river of light, connecting to our future ancestors
  • Meditation 4 – Connecting to the three voices of our ancestors, the many, the wise and the one

Cost of Workshop: Sing$130

CLICK HERE TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR ANCESTRAL MEDITATION WORKSHOP VIA PAYPAL

To register or for further enquiries: Email info@integralmeditationasia.com, or SMS 96750279

About the Teacher: The facilitator of this workshop is Toby Ouvry, click on the link to find out more about him!

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Evening Event: Integral Mindfulness – Co-creating Professional Success and Personal Wellbeing within Organizations

White Spiral ShellDate: 25th November 2014

Time: 7.30-9pm

Venue:  Training Room 2, SCWO, 96 Waterloo Street
Singapore 187967, click HERE to see map

In a Sentence: Learn how integral mindfulness can provide you and your organization with the psychological tools and perspectives that you need to create long-term professional success and engagement in combination with individual happiness and inner balance.

Who should attend?:  Leaders of companies and organizations, people in HR & R&D positions, professionals with a personal interest in how integrated mindfulness can help them in their careers.

Overview: Recently there has been a lot of publicity and writing about how mindfulness can help both organizations and individuals find relief from stress and become more productive at work. But what does it really mean to practice mindfulness and what are the tangible benefits that you can expect to see if you brought mindfulness training into your organization?

This event is a chance to come and listen to mindfulness expert Toby Ouvry talk about Integral Mindfulness, what it is and why you should be interested. In particular he will be covering:

  • Why integral mindfulness training has the potential to take you and your organizations’ performance to the next level, whilst simultaneously dealing with the perennial issue of work stress
  • What is meant by INTEGRAL mindfulness and how it is different from conventional mindfulness training
  • Why personal happiness and wellbeing has taken on a compelling new relevance to organizational success, talent retention and engaging the younger generation in your company  (it is no longer only about how much they are getting paid!)
  • Why qualities developed through mindfulness such as empathy and curiosity are so important for organizational success in the information and post-industrial age
  • Some concrete examples of Integral Mindfulness Practice to enjoy whilst you are there!

Cost: There is no charge for the event, BUT there are 35-40 places only available, so do register in advance!

Read the article by Toby on Integral Mindfulness: Mindfulness: The Co-Creation of Happiness and Performance

For further information or to register contact: info@integralmeditationasia.com or SMS 96750279

 

Toby Head 1About the evenings speaker and facilitator,Toby Ouvry

Toby has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Subsequent to his degree, Toby spent ten years doing his foundational training in meditation and mindfulness, specializing in the Tibetan Tradition which included five years as an ordained Buddhist monk.

He has been practicing and teaching meditation and mindfulness for over nineteen years. As the founder and principle facilitator at Integral Meditation Asia he delivers mindfulness programs to both the public and corporate sectors. His clients include both government organizations in Singapore as well as numerous SME’s and MNC’s. He is a meditation and mindfulness blogger, and the author and creator of over fifteen practical workshops and courses on the subject.

In his teaching, facilitating and coaching he combines practical mindfulness and meditation techniques from three sources:

  • the world’s great wisdom traditions
  • cutting edge practices that are currently emerging from both the integral and evolutionary consciousness movements
  • His own practical and creative experience

Toby is also an artist and entrepreneur. As such his presentation of mindfulness reflects a strong interest in both how it can be linked to work performance and engagement, as well as stimulating more deeply the innate capacity for creative intelligence found within both individuals and groups.

You can find out more about Toby’s work and writings on meditation, mindfulness and integral living by going to www.integralmeditationasia.com

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Meditations for Developing a Mind of Ease, Relaxed Concentration and Positive Intention – A Five Module Online Course

Beautiful Spring

Cost of Workshop: Sing$$75

CLICK HERE TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR MIND OF EASE ONLINE COURSE BY PAYPAL

Time: This is a five module online course, those participating will be given the link to the course webpage plus a password, after which they can do the course at a pace that is suitable and convenient for them.

Venue: Anyone from anywhere in the world can participate in this course from the comfort of their living room. All you need is online access!

One sentence summary: This five module online course offers a contemporary, practical introduction to meditation and mindfulness that aims to integrate the fundamentals of traditional meditation practice with contemporary insights from psychology and neuro-psychology in a powerful and effective way.

Meditation and mindfulness are, simply put, ways of training our mind and attention to focus consciously upon objects that give rise to inner wellbeing, harmony, and happiness.

Listen to Toby talking about the Mind of Ease Practices:

What you will learn on this course:

Practical meditation and mindfulness techniques that:

  • Enable you to consciously release unwanted tension and anxiety from your body-mind and transform your relationship to stress.
  • Help you to build a warm, friendly and supportive relationship to both yourself and others
  • Train your mind to take in, focus upon and appreciate the positive in your life
  • Develop your concentration skills (the ability to focus one-pointedly upon a single object/task), and in particular a special type of relaxed concentration, or lucid awareness
  • Enable you to connect with and relax deeply into an experience of inner stillness
  • An increased capacity to use your mind effectively without getting overwhelmed by mental busy-ness

All of these skills can be consolidated into a daily meditation practice that can be done in ten minutes!

The Structure of the course:

Thursday October 23rd – Module 1: Meditating on Ease, Flow and Presence – This opening module looks at how to create an experience of deep mind-body relaxation and flow by:

  • Connecting to three levels of ease and safety (physical, mental and spiritual)
  • Understanding  how to release stress and tension that accumulates in our mind and body during the day and re-energize our body through focus on the breathing
  • Learn how to orient our mind in the present moment, giving our life a deeper sense of centeredness and balance even when experiencing challenges

Thursday October 30th – Module 2:  Meditating on Warmth, Friendship and Care – The meditation tools taught in this module aim firstly at learning to direct feelings of warmth, friendship and support toward the person whom we spend 24 hours of our day with; ourself! Once we have developed a stable, friendly and harmonious relationship to ourself, we can then expand and develop our feelings of warmth and care toward others; our family, our friends, all humans and eventually to all living beings. Achieving a stable experience of love, warmth and compassion is only possible with a very stable inner base, and this stable base is what we focus upon mindfully developing in this module.

Thursday 6th November – Module 3: Meditating on Appreciation, Positivity and Enjoyment

The ability to consistently approach challenges and events in our life from a positive and appreciative perspective is an essential mindfulness tool for enjoying our life deeply. All too often we lose sight of the good things that are right in front of us because our mind is pre-occupied and obsessed with the things we perceive as “wrong”. The methods taught in this module aim to address our natural “negativity bias”, and create strong mental habits that facilitate feelings of appreciation, gratitude and enjoyment.

Thursday 13th November – Module 4: Developing Focus and Concentration through Meditation – A fragmented, distracted state of mind seems to be the norm in the midst of our current, frantic pace of life. The meditation techniques taught in this module specifically address how we can develop the skill of focused, lucid concentration amidst all the distractions and busyness that calls for our attention. Developing focus and concentration not only has the benefit of making us more effective in achieving our goals, it also gives us access to an experience of deep regenerative peace that we can rest in as we travel our life’s many and varied pathways.

Thursday 20th November – Module 5: Meditating for Inner Stillness and Insight – This module focuses on how we can discover the natural “inner stillness” and silence of our mind and experience what a profound and life changing effect it can have  upon the quality of our life. We learn the skill of resting easy in the natural inner space of our own awareness, and the discovery of a deeper level of ourself known in meditation terms as the “bare witness observer”. On a simple level the discovery of inner stillness and the bare witness observer enables us to meet our daily challenge with greater equanimity and presence of mind. On a deeper level inner stillness and the inner witness opens us to a deeper level of meaning and context for our life, awakening us to a new dimension of who we are and what we might be capable of becoming.

This final module also introduces an integrated meditation practice that combines the skills of all five modules into a single short meditation.

For further enquiries: Email info@tobyouvry.com

About the creator and course facilitator Toby Ouvry

Toby is a British meditation and mindfulness teacher, and the founder of Integral Meditation Asia. He has been practicing and teaching meditation for over eighteen years, five of which were as a Buddhist monk within the Tibetan tradition. In his teaching and coaching he combines practical meditation techniques from the world’s great wisdom traditions with the cutting edge practices that are currently emerging from both the integral and evolutionary consciousness movements. You can find out more about the work of Integral Meditation Asia and Toby by going to www.integralmeditationasia and www.tobyouvry.com.

 

 

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Developing Your Mindful Resilience – Sustaining effectiveness, happiness and clarity under pressure through mindfulness

Beautiful old treeIn a sentence: This is a six module online course that teaches you how you can develop mental resilience through mindfulness practice.

Price:  Singapore$85

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE MINDFUL RESILIENCE COURSE VIA PAYPAL

Watch Toby Talk about the Mindful Resilience Online Course:

 

About the course:

Mental resilience is the capacity to remain actively aware, creatively productive, constantly learning, happy and effective in life and at work, even when faced with pressure, stress and tension from both within our mind and from our external environment. This is a course about how you can develop your mental resilience through practical mindfulness.

The course is online, those participating will be given the link and password to a course page through which they can listen to the course modules at their own pace.

The course covers six aspects of mindful resilience in six modules:

Module 1: Understanding the different levels of mindful resilience

Module 2: Learning to relax into tension and stress

Module 3: Creating a resilient inner dialogue with yourself

Module 4: Developing resilience to setbacks and challenges through mindfulness

Module 5: Understanding and developing different types and levels of focus and concentration

Module 6: Stillness and space as tools of inner resilience

Each module consists of a talk and a guided mindfulness exercise or meditation by Toby. For more details of these six aspects of mindful resilience please check our Toby’s article on Mindful Resilience.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE MINDFUL RESILIENCE COURSE VIA PAYPAL

About the facilitator Toby Ouvry

Toby is a British meditation and mindfulness teacher, and the founder of Integral Meditation Asia. He has been practicing and teaching meditation for over eighteen years, five of which were as a Buddhist monk within the Tibetan tradition. Click HERE for more details about Toby, his background and qualifications for teaching meditation and mindfulness.

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Mixed Mindfulness Arts, Animals and Starlight, Developing Neuroflow

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Dear Integral Meditators,
If you look at the martial arts scene these days you will see that a lot of the top guys are mixed martial artists, that is to say that they have trained in and mastered more than one form of martial arts, and this has made them better overall. Similarly training in complementary meditation and mindfulness styles can have a great effect upon your personal growth, more than training in just one.With this in mind I have edited and updated an older article below on how to meditate with animals and landscape. It is a very old form of meditation that people have been doing for thousands of years, and has a lot to offer us in today’s very urbanized society!

Similarly I would like to sincerely recommend that if you are in Singapore next Sunday 31st September in the morning, then do consider coming along to my meditation workshop The Call of the Wild–Meditations for Deepening Your Inner Connection to the Animal Kingdom and the Green-world where I will be teaching this meditation method in a very practical and relatively easy to apply way.

Finally, another practice that I have gotten a HUGE amount out of over the last year, and that continues to be a great support and strengthener for my mindfulness practice and personal growth in general is the brain-entrainment and bio-field technology tracks fromI-Awake. They have got a new product, Neuroflow out just a few days ago, which I am posting some information on immediately below. As it has only just come out, I have only had it a few days myself, but I have already had a great experience with it!

Yours in the spirit of mixing and flowing,

Toby


NeuroFlow is for:

Balanced, relaxed focus when you need to for work, for study, for play.
Deeply relaxing after intense focus or to de-stress..or to just chill.
Energizing, feeling good, getting “high”
Generating creative flow for work, writing, art, expression
Flowing with your life and your world in all its richness and possibility and aliveness.It is on a special launch promotion of over 20% off until August 28th. Click on the link to listen to the free samlple track and find out more.


Meditating with Animals and Starlight – Shamanic Journeying

Meditating with animals and animal spirits is one of the main practices found in ancient shamanic traditions worldwide. The ancient shamans were really the pioneers of the first meditation techniques and these techniques (which are mainly the technique of “inner world journeying”) are deeply embedded within the psyche of human beings, including you and me. The result of this is that most people who actually try shamanic meditation techniques actually find that they are able to gain some success quite quickly. Michael Harner, one of the pioneers of modern proto-shamanism reports that fully 85% of people participating in his shamanic journeying workshops are able to gain tangible results and experiences from their first attempts at journeying meditation (The only caveat to that would be that these people chose to attend the workshop, so in a sense they may have ‘self-selected based upon their innate aptitude and interest).

As mentioned above, the main meditation “technique” found in shamanism is the “inner world journey” where contact with animal and ancestral spirits is sought for the purposes of gaining guidance, wisdom and healing. When meditating with animals and animal guides the sequence of the meditations would tend to go something like this:

  1. The shaman (or you and I if we are choosing to meditate in this way) goes on a journey, either within his imagination, or actually physically into a landscape to meet his or her animal guide.
  2. Once the specific animal has been contacted, the shaman requests to be taught or shown the wisdom or healing method that the animal has to impart to him.  There then follows a communion between human and animal, trust is hopefully gained and the relationship proceeds. It should be noted that the animal chooses the shaman, not vice-versa. If you are met by an ant or a rat when you wanted a lion you cannot do a trade in! Experience will show you that in reality the animal that comes is invariably the best one for you and for the job at hand!
  3. A series of meditations can then be embarked upon where the mediator then goes on journeys and receives teachings, techniques and insights from the animal. Initially the meditator travels WITH the animal, but over time s/he may feel as if he is merging with the animal’s body and actually BECOMING the animal for periods of time.
  4. Over time a stable working relationship is established with the animal spirit which is mutually enriching for both parties, and the wisdom and abilities of the animal are imparted to the meditator.

What “abilities” and wisdom do you get from an animal guide?
The way in which animal guides impart wisdom is non-intellectual, experiential and mainly done through images. To take an example, if your guide is a spider, and in meditation you experience what it is like to have eight sensitive legs picking up information from all directions around you then this will give you a heightened awareness of your inner sense of touch which you can apply to appropriate life situations and challenges.

Starlight meditation with a pigeon
One animal that I developed a relationship with around the the beginning of 2010 for a period of months is the pink necked green pigeon a number of which used to hang out in the park near my office. My animal journeying-type meditations are mostly spontaneous these days, done whilst napping or just sitting having a quiet moment. Animal journeying really just becomes an integral part of life once you have been doing it a while. So anyway, here a journey that I experienced with the above mentioned green pigeon that I recorded at the time :
I am having a ten minute meditation break in my office. My mind becomes quiet and tranquil. Quite suddenly I feel myself to be sitting in the next door park, staring up at a tree, where the green pigeon is sitting looking at me. After an initial contact we fly up into the sky going high above the cloudline.
With the clouds below us and the blue sky above, I become aware of rays of starlight flowing down from the heavens, bathing our bodies in white light. The rest of the meditation is then spent simply enjoying the starlight, absorbing it and being it. We then fly back down to the park, the vision breaks apart and I am sitting in my office meditating. I say thankyou to the green pigeon and get on with my day!

For many people the idea of meditating in this way may seem a bit far-fetched.

However there is HUGE value for urbanized humans to do this type of meditation, as it re-connects us to a truly living relationship with nature and animals. The other thing that we discover is that it is actually quite not difficult, it is just a matter of re-awakening our visualization and imaginative skills, and pointing them in the right direction.

© Toby Ouvry 2014, you are welcome to use or share this article, but please cite Toby as the source and include reference to his website www.tobyouvry.com 

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Workshops at Integral Meditation Asia, August 2014

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Dear Integral Meditators,

On the Sunday 31st August, 9.30-12.30pm I will be facilitating another entirely new meditation workshop:

The Call of the Wild–Meditations for Deepening Your Inner Connection to the Animal Kingdom and the Green-World

For full details just click on the link, but here is the one sentence summary: “A 3 hour meditation workshop that focuses on how to re-discover and deepen your inner and outer connection to the animal kingdom as well as stimulate your inner growth and personal wellbeing though meditating with animal guides and familiars.”

Yours in the spirit of the journey,

Toby

 

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