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This advanced level will provide the hundreds of people who have taken Embodied Listening Level One, or Deep Listening as it was originally called, the opportunity to refresh the instruction and experiential practices from Level One and to deepen and enrich their experience of mindfulness-awareness meditation, Alexander body-awareness work and Mindful Focusing.
Do you feel stuck and long to feel more alive?
Do you want to move through whatever holds you back but you're not sure where to begin?
Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges, and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance—the wisdom of your body.
Our bodies hold our lives. They hold wisdom and energy for living and growing—and they hold the things that get in the way of it: fear, anxiety, stress, trauma and more. These challenging patterns create pervasive, unconscious tension that blinds us to other ways of living.
Awareness and acceptance of the body’s holding patterns allow their release. Embodied Listening integrates three transformational awareness and acceptance practices:
Mindfulness meditation releases mental holding patterns, bringing clarity and calm.
Alexander Technique releases physical holding patterns, strain and pain, bringing ease, spaciousness and balance.
Mindful Focusing brings awareness of deeper feelings, wants and needs held in the body, stimulating fresh insights, energy and life direction.
Co-presenters David Rome and Hope Martin have been teaching together and developing Embodied Listening since 2002. Both are qualified Focusing trainers and mindfulness meditation teachers.
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 30 years, trains Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor and a Focusing trainer. Her particular passion is in assisting her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness.
David I. Rome is the developer of Mindful Focusing, an integration of Eugene Gendlin’s Felt-Sense Focusing and Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices. He is the author of Your Body Knows the Answer; Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity (Shambhala Publications, 2014). Earlier, David studied Buddhism with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, whom he served as private secretary for many years.
Hope and David were recently interviewed by The Spiritually Raw Broadcasting Network. Listen to that interview online here.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOPE AND DAVID’S WORK,READ THEIR ARTICLE "ARE YOU LISTENING?" PUBLISHED IN THE SHAMBHALA SUN.