How (Not) to Follow Your Bliss

How (Not) to Follow Your Bliss

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“Without mindfulness, advice like ‘Following Your Bliss’ can devolve into covering over challenging feelings with ‘positive’ ones. We do this when we lack confidence in our ability to encounter our minds and hearts exactly as they are. This constant self-distraction is hard work — we have to diligently manufacture these positive thoughts over and over. Further, it’s a self-perpetuating cycle. The more we turn away from challenging thoughts and emotions, the more frightening they become. They’re the monsters in the dream that are always chasing us. And we are running so fast, we never turn around to see that what is chasing us is actually a tiny little creature. All thoughts are tiny in the moment — just wisps of smoke slipping through our mind. Yet smoke can cast a scary shadow. Turning and looking directly is the crucial way to relax. It can feel impossible, but with the support and training of mindfulness meditation, we can learn to do it. And eventually, with diligence, it becomes second nature.” ~ Greg Heffron

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Senior Mindful Communication Instructor Gregory Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg teaches Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness primarily in North America and Europe. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.