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Richard Miller's Monthly Meditation Group in the SF Bay Area (audio recordings also available to download).

Drop-in monthly at Larkspur's YogaWorks or download the audio recording of each class. Join Senior Teacher Richard Miller in 2014 for a year of monthly dharma talks, meditations, and spirited discussion on the simplicity of meditation.

Each of these 12 monthly meditations is open to new and ongoing participants, and forms an interwoven tapestry of teachings, practices and tools for life from the nondual perspective. Each class will be available as an Mp3 download: Click here to view the recordings of the Monthly Meditation Lecture Series available to purchase. Note: In 2012 and 2013 the monthly series was entitled "The Noble Adventure Lecture Series."

/sites/default/files/images/2014flyer_RichardMiller_MonthlyMediation_LL_2014_thumbFINAL.jpg 3rd Thursday Afternoon of every *month in 2014 (*denotes 2nd Thursday of month):
Feb 20, *Mar 13, *Apr 10, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18.

TIME: 3:00-4:30pm
LOCATION: YogaWorks Larkspur: 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939
COST: (No Pre-registration required!)
$8-10 suggested Sliding Scale to YogaWorks for use of the studio (this offering does not go to support the teacher)
$10 suggested donation (dana*) to Richard

For more information click on the image of the flyer, visit YogaWorks or call (415) 925-2440.

Meditation doesn’t involve transcending your humanness. It entails recognizing and living from your essential nature, which is already and always unbounded, whole, loving, compassionate, awake, and perfect just as it is, in the midst of the circumstances of your life. True meditation enables you to recover and experience your innate sense of wellbeing, and supports you in welcoming and responding, rather than reacting, to every moment and situation of your life.

This monthly meditations are designed to support you by:

  1. Fostering concentration, enabling you to recognize your innate nature of wellbeing;
  2. Nourishing proactive mindfulness and your capacity to be respond to each moment and situation of life; and
  3. Developing self-inquiry, which fosters curiosity and openness, dissolves separation and awakens your intrinsic capacity for being loving, kind, peaceful, joyful and discriminatively insightful.

Richard Miller, PhD is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, and author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing. He leads spiritual retreats and trainings internationally. www.irest.us.

*Please Support the Teachings in Moving Forward
Dana (Pali - generosity) reflects the interdependence between those who offer teachings and those who receive them and is a central pillar of spiritual life. And while teachings, which are considered priceless, are given freely, support from students is needed. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate the spirit of caring, and acknowledge our inter-connectedness. It is the practice of dana, where committed supporters give generously, that keeps the spiritual teachings moving from one generation to the next.

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Flowering of Freedom 2014 Series (Patanjali Study Group) with Richard Miller

Richard Miller's monthly lecture series, The Flowering of Freedom Study Group, continues for a 3rd year in 2014. In this year of the course, Richard will begin with Chapter 3 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. He will translate the individual sanskrit words as well as offer a free rendering translation which examines Patanjali in the light of our actual lived experience.

This course provides a foundation and a series of inquiries that we can use to come to our own realization of our true essence—in the context of living in the world while experiencing our interconnectedness with all of life.

This study group is open to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the texts that create the foundation for the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.

Pre-registration is required to attend the study group in-person or purchase a subscription to automatically receive the monthly audio downloads!* Please visit the 2014 Flowering of Freedom Event Page to register, subscribe or for more information.

The following options are available for participating in the study group:

  • Join us monthly and in-person in Corte Madra, CA ($420). Register Now for the 2014 Study Group!
  • Subscribe to the monthly audio download for 2014 at a discounted rate ($250 or $200 for TCN Members). Subscription members will automatically receive a link to download the audio via email each month. Subscribe Now!
  • Download individual audio recordings of each session on your own via the IRI website ($25 per download) here Now! No registration is required for this option.

In-person logistics:
WEDNESDAYS in 2014 (register to attend in-person at the link above):
Feb 19, Mar 26*, Apr 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 26*, Dec 17* (*tentative)

TIME: 2:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: The Sunrise Center: 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera, CA

*In-person class size is limited. Please register soon!
If you have any questions please call the IRI Office, 415-456-3909 or email events@irest.us

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Richard Miller presents at the 2014 Nondual Wisdom Conference at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (San Francisco, CA)

The 2014 Nondual Wisdom Conference theme is:
Shadow & Ground: Light, Darkness and That Which Holds Them Both.

Conference Dates: March 28-30, 2014
Location: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS),
1453 Mission Street, Namaste Hall
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-575-6175

Registration and further details are available at the CIIS Nondual Wisdom Conference Webpage.

About the Conference
Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means "not-two," referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millennia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to "That" which is before and beyond the projections of a seperative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.

This annual cutting edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? The theme of this year's conference is light, darkness, and That which holds them both. Together we will explore skillfully working with psychological shadow material as a way of deepening our experience of the Ground of Being.

Who can Attend?
Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and students of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.

Richard Miller will present: The skillful Use of Nondual Opposites in Psychotherapy

Learn to work with naturally arising opposites of sensation, emotion, and cognition during the psychotherapeutic hour within the framework of nondual awareness to dissolve fixations within the body and mind and open insight.
Learn:
• Skillfully utilize opposites with clients and yourself to support healing.
• How opposites conceal, as well as reveal your ground of nondual wholeness.
• Utilize continuums of opposite of sensation, emotion, and cognition.
• The latest findings of neuroscience and opposites.
• Interventions with opposites that undo negative patterns, and pave the way for insight and the embodiment of healing and awakening to nondual wholeness.

Registration and further details are available at the CIIS Nondual Wisdom Conference Webpage.

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Richard Miller Speaks at the Open Circle: "Give yourself to the one who already owns your breath and moments" (Rumi) (San Rafael, CA)

"Self-inquiry invites you to step through the door of the known and awaken to your authentic aliveness; 'This,' which is simple, beautiful, equanimous, indescribable, and yet undeniable, neither coming nor going, ever-present, yet so often ignored because of its simplicity. Here, fear, suffering, and anxiety dissolve. We abide as equanimity, love, and joy in the midst of daily life. We are at peace. This is the integration of enlightenment in daily life throughout all changing states of consciousness. Come end your search by giving yourself completely to 'This' that 'already owns your breath and moments.' So simple. Not difficult. So necessary."

/sites/default/files/images/Richard_Miller_pic2014_webAR.preview.jpg Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 7:00 pm
Cost: Suggested minimum donation $10-20, but more or less is gratefully accepted, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Location: Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA
Click here for more info.

After decades of searching Richard Miller met his spiritual mentor, Jean Klein, who introduced him to the non-path, non-method, and non-goal realization of nonduality. Richard now shares the paradox of nondual instruction through body-sensing, meditative self-inquiry, iRest® Yoga Nidra, spirited dialogue, and the presence of being. Richard teaches internationally and serves as a consultant researching the meditation protocol he’s developed, Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a secular adaptation of the ancient nondual practice of Yoga Nidra, studying its efficacy on health, healing, and awakening.

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2014 SF Bay Area iRest Yoga Nidra Trainings and Retreats with Richard Miller (Petaluma/Novato)

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Join one of this generation's leading teachers of non dual wisdom at an event in the SF Bay Area this year. Richard Miller, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were T.K.V. Desikachar and Jean Klein.

To see a full list of our current trainings and retreats, click here.

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Download an iRest practice now!

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View our latest iRest at Ease CD and MP3 release.

The Flowering of Freedom

The Flowering of Freedom Session 27 is now available for download.

Simplicity of Meditation

The Simplicity of Meditation Session 3 is now available for download.