“Mindfulness” means nothing without embodiment. What are we mindful of? The Buddha’s ‘first foundation’ for mindfulness was our body. The discipline of Mudra Space Awareness challenges us to see that even highly trained meditators aren’t always able to relate in a direct way with bodily experience. Instead of being mindful of our actual body, we tend towards what Chögyam Trungpa called “psychosomatic body” — where we think about bodily experiences, rather than actually feeling them. This process is one of the main ways we disconnect from ourselves and lose the innate gifts of presence and confidence.
To strengthen these, Trungpa introduced Mudra Space Awareness — a powerful mind-body meditative discipline. It is rarely taught or practiced, and while rooted in ancient Tibetan yogic practices, it is is shockingly devoid of religiosity, requiring no particular approach beyond a willingness to find out what is hidden inside our experience of the body. This is especially true of our perception of fear and anxiety, which the workshop will explore in a way which allows each participant to relate with these in a powerful and safe way.
This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those that are.
(Note that Mudra Space Awareness is entirely distinct from Maitri Space Awareness. The two disciplines are not directly connected in their practice or presentation.)
About Greg Heffron
Greg Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute where he teaches Mindful Communication with author and Buddhist teacher Susan Gillis Chapman MA. He has been a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Lineage since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with Craig Smith and become authorized to teach Mudra Space Awareness. In 2007, Smith and Heffron taught this practice in a workshop for fouth-year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. His background is in creative writing, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa 2003.