Unit 1: Impermanence — Non-Conceptual Awareness
Learning to drop below the usual describing, defining, and narrating of experience in order to really inhabit what's happening.
Unit 2: Spacious Awareness
Learning how to abide in a mind that is, by its nature, vast, wide open, and easily able to contain, recognize, and explore the various content that comes and goes within it.
Unit 3: The Sense of Self
Who do I think I am? Who do you think you are? We'll be exploring identity through a range of inquiries much wider than the dichotomy of simply "there is a self" or "there isn't a self"; being a somebody or being a nobody. We'll find varied ways to explore and express the different senses of identity with which we live.
Unit 4: Loving What Is
How to tend to and care for experience rather than just seeking to understand it. We will do this with reference to the essential holding offered by life that's always inviting us into its embrace.
Unit 5: Modes of Unconsciousness
Exploring the different ways we tend to go unconscious and how material that may have been hitherto unconscious starts to bubble up into awareness in the context of spiritual practices. We'll find ways this material can be skillfully recognized, worked with, digested, metabolized, and resolved.
Unit 6: Uncertainty
Looking at the uncertainties built into life—the uncertainties of our own lives, the uncertainties of life itself—serves as an invitation to live within the vagaries of world. It's an opportunity to abandon our attempts at certainty, to relax our anxieties about imperfection, and to show up in the midst of our uncertain existence. If we do this, we'll find ourselves able to live more fluidly, more freely in the life we live.
Martin Aylward is a wise and inspiring teacher who simultaneously manages to be entertaining. He has had a very positive effect on my own practice, as well as on my teaching Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Law Students workshops at Stanford Law School. —Thomas Fenner, Deputy General Counsel, Stanford School of Law.
No-one I know can hold deep wisdom and the messy realities of modern life at the same time as well as Martin does. Martin is an inspiration to my own practice and my work and I owe him a great deal. —Rohan Gunatillake, Director, Mindfulness Everywhere; Creator, Buddhify app; Author, Modern Mindfulness.
Martin is an exceptional teacher and mentor. His deep knowledge of the mind combined with practical teachings and use of inquiry consistently invites us home to our own infinite spring of wellness and peace. —Eleanor Coleman, independent animation producer and distributor for television and cinema.
Martin’s wisdom, authenticity, empathy, and compassion speak volumes about his incredible skill as a teacher. I feel very fortunate to have had Martin shining a light on my path. —Jim Grabb, former World No.1 tennis doubles player, 2-time Grand Slam Doubles Winner, French Open (1989), US Open (1992).