February 2014 Local Talk and Meditation

This February I'll be hosting a free talk called, "Opening Your Heart to Difficult Moments." So often, I get questions about how to deal with difficulties from death to trauma to troublesome co-workers to bad relationship break-ups. All of these moments and more require us to be open-hearted to fully be with the moment and to naturally release it. Otherwise, we tend to hold onto these things and torture ourselves with "what-if" statements and mental regurgitation that serves no purpose but to continue our suffering.

Obviously, being open-hearted in a difficult moment doesn't always mean that we enjoy it, so in this talk, I'll offer some ideas about becoming heart strong and how we can step into and out of difficulty with loving integrity.

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Opening Your Heart to Difficult Moments
Opening our hearts when we feel loved and supported can be a natural thing (although it is often a big issue for many people). However, to be open-hearted when we are feeling attacked or otherwise maligned is challenging. In this talk, I'll offer some ideas about:

  • How the nature of being open-hearted can change in emotional and mental tenor beyond the typical way we feel open and loving
  • How we learn to notice our initial reactions in stressful situations
  • How we can learn to hear wisdom and inspiration in the things we don't like
  • How we let go of another person's issues when they may be trying to off-load their concerns onto us
  • How we practice staying open-hearted in easier situations to build up our "heart strength"


Sunday, February 16, 2014


10 am to 12 pm PST


Pleasant Hill, CA (Full details are available after registering)


10 to 10:15      -- Meet and Greet
10:15 to 10:30 -- Introduction
10:30 to 11:00 -- Guided Meditation
11 to 11:10     -- Short Break
11:10 to 12     -- Talk and Q&A

Number of Attendees

5 to 6

I won't go above 10 people because I want to create a safe intimate environment for people to connect.

What to Bring

I have lots of chairs and a big couch. I will be offering some tea. In general, these are some good items to have with you:

  • Pen and notebook to talk notes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A cushion if you have a specific type of cushion you like to sit on when meditating
  • Food to share if you so choose



But donations of $5, $10, $20, or another amount are deeply appreciated.

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