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Pain to Peace
With Claud Vaduva
Art of Transmuting Suffering into Awareness
From Pain to Peace is a workshop dedicated to transmuting pain and suffering into Awareness and Presence. For some, suffering is very apparent, while for most, it is hidden in the typical human egoic condition of feeling disconnected, deeply dissatisfied or not yet arrived. Not understanding, you mistake a natural spiritual longing for a compulsive need to improve your current state with a better situation, a never-ending series of adjustments, never arriving at that resting peace.
Buddha taught that suffering is the direct consequence of a lack of understanding. In this workshop, you’ll work with spiritual practices and techniques from yoga and modern psychology (see below) to experience a shift in perspective and a deepening in love.
This workshop will be lead by : CLAUD,
a Senior Teacher in Hridaya Yoga School. Since 2005, Claud has dedicated his life entirely to spiritual matters. This came as a culmination of many intersecting circumstances and tributary interests that he had cultivated since childhood. In 2007, he met Sahajananada, and in 2011, he joined the Hridaya Yoga mission.
When involved in teaching, whatever the topic he shares has a single-pointed direction: a rallying towards our essence, which he believes to be of utmost importance for humanity—that shift towards freedom
“I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow
and called out,
It tastes sweet, does it not?
You have caught me, grief answered,
and you have ruined my business.
How can I sell sorrow,
when you know it's a blessing?”
Learn to Live with an Open Heart
During this workshop with Claud, you will learn practical methods to transmute past or current suffering/difficulties into awareness. You’ll begin to transform the pain that comes from common psychological conditions related to judging, guilt, shame, jealousy, etc. And, you’ll discover the powerfully transformative spiritual practice of learning how to shift from being lost in intense emotions (such as anger) or ongoing ones (such as sadness) into being vividly present...
This workshop focuses on cultivating Presence and non-reactivity while developing the Heart as an organ of knowledge. You will learn how to become receptive to your deepest, most sacred feelings and perceptions, transcending your limitations and awakening the potential for self-love and compassion, the generosity of forgiveness, and living an authentic life imbued with pure intentions.
Price & Food & Accomodation
Course Fee - 220 USD
Meals - 17 USD/ per day
You can choose: either to stay in town and come by shared taxi or to stay on site:
Accomodation per night:
Option #1: a single bed in dorm (bunk beds): 11 USD
Option #2: a single bed in a twin room with shared bathroom and private terrace: 19 USD
Option #3: a single bed in a twin cabin with private bathroom and terrace: 24 USD
From a vast collection of available material, we will select specific topics relevant to the particular needs of the participants.
Spiritual principles as the foundation of daily life
How to awaken to Presence while facing difficulties
The practice of consecration and surrender as a way to transcend personal limitations
The development of deep trust and centeredness in the face of adversity
Learning how to live with an Open Heart
The importance of clarity, discernment, and intention to the process of transformation
The freedom found in living authentically instead of fearfully bypassing unpleasant feelings
Understanding the ego, the pain body, and the causes of suffering
Supportive yogic attitudes, such as non-attachment, contentment, non-violence, and truthfulness
Methods for profound relaxation using Hatha Yoga and breathing (pranayama)
Brain chemistry (i.e., dopamine) and how it relates to understanding spiritual approaches to facing powerful emotions, compulsions, addictions, and depression
Yogic chakra psychology and corresponding purification practices
Tonglen, a Tibetan technique for amplifying self-compassion and love
NLP techniques to shift the perception of past events
The workshop will begin in the morning, so we suggest arriving in San Cristobal de Las Casas the day before the course starts. If you are not staying on-site, please come to the Hridaya Family Center around 8 am on the first day to complete the registration process.
Morning Sessions: 10:00-12:30 am
Afternoon Sessions: 14:30-18:00 pm