Dan is a mindfulness teacher, writer, organizational trainer, speaker and coach, who lives in New York City and offers transformative teachings and practices that help people and organizations awaken to and realize their potential.
Dan fell in love with mindfulness in his early 20s when he was having what people nowadays call a quarter-life crisis. Everything on the outside seemed fine: a graduate of Harvard, he was working for the LA times in Mexico City, in a great relationship, making good money, had lots of friends, but something didn’t feel right from the inside-out. There was a nagging sense that “there’s more to life” than just succeeding and “making it.” Dan went on a search for something that would help bring clarity, reduce suffering and bring greater ease.
In his search, Dan met a Zen monk living on Stone Island off the coast of Mazatlán who taught him a simple meditation practice. He felt like he had been on a long journey in the desert without any water, and somebody had finally offered him a glass of water—the cool, refreshing taste of mindfulness; of being present to whatever was happening without being caught in it and pushed around by it; of touching into a loving, caring awareness at the very core of our being.
We spend most of our lives in relationship and yet we often do not bring the light of mindfulness to our relationships and the way we relate to others. Using the framework of Insight Dialogue, we will explore the enormous power, wisdom, healing, and compassion that can arise when people gather with the intention to be mindful and present with each other. We will explore how relational suffering is created and how it is released and we will support each other's deepening in investigating ways to cultivate inner peace and balance.
These evenings provide an opportunity to apply the teachings of mindfulness and compassion directly to interpersonal relationships as well as within the context of daily life situations. The format offers community connection, alongside meditation and facilitated activities that include speaking, listening, and relating. Learning to connect with greater presence opens up possibilities for ease, joy, and healing.