The Art of Letting Go
Instructor: Dr. Manijeh Motaghy
Come and learn how to let go of the sticky ones!
As human beings, we are attached. Attached to our feelings, our thoughts, perceptions, habits, money, family, material, future, past, desires, fantasies and so much more. Sometimes these attachments feel like they are the essence of our lives. Often many of these attachments lead to pain, irritation, resentment, unhappiness, judgment, bitterness and just an unsatisfactory life. When our minds are so attached, it is often difficult to let go and release oneself and unburden the heart. Some of these attachments, we come to release by the natural process of its nature. Others, we are not able to. As we come to practice Mindfulness, we start to understand the nature of craving, attachment, wanting and clinging as the causes of our dissatisfaction. We practice the teachings and the tools of Mindfulness to become free of them. However, we find ourselves stuck in places where we keep suffering habitually. Thankfully, this road has been traveled by others and a path is designed for us to learn The Art of Letting Go, especially of the sticky ones!
These series of deepening courses are designed to teach the student that art.
General practice topics include:
- Continuing to deepen the practice of Mindfulness towards greater happiness
- Cultivating deeper sitting and walking meditation Deeper Metta (Loving/Kindness) practices
- Cultivating a richer understanding of obstacles in the way of lasting happiness
- Working with physical discomfort in meditation
- Working towards spiritual development (emotional maturity)
- Enhancing compassion and love for self and others
- Deepening related topics offered in foundation courses
Each series will focus on specific topics woven throughout the course. This specific course will focus on how to have equanimity in times of turmoil. Here you will learn how to have a strong practice and understanding even in the most difficult of times.
This 6-week course is for experienced meditators and or those who have taken MAPS I & II and or MAPS I & Managing the Obstacles to Mindfulness or all three. If you have not taken a MAPs I and MAPs II but believe you still qualify for the class please email Dr. Manijeh Motaghy a brief description of your equivalent experience at Manijeh@perfectlyhere.org before class start date.
What to Bring:
All you need is comfortable clothing. Chairs and cushions are provided.
Date & Time:
Section A: Wednesday, September 12 – October 16 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Section B: Thursday, September 13 – October 17 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2-hours per session – 6 hours total
This group will meet once a week for 2 hours.
Location and Parking Instructions
This class will take place in Tarzana at 19100 Ventura Blvd #5, Los Angeles, CA 91356. Parking is free and there is no time limit in the front after 6:00 pm. There is also plenty of free parking in the lot behind Tarzana Cultural Center. When you arrive at the shopping center go to the second floor and go all the way to the East side of the building. Go into the hallway and we will be the last door on the right.
Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy
Class Refunds must be requested before 5 pm on Friday of the first week of class. There will be a $25 administrative fee. After the first Friday, we cannot give refunds. Refunds should be requested by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Perfectly Here reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.
If you miss a class, you may make it up during a current series or the series immediately following. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes. Students may Postpone a class. In this case, credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5 pm on Friday of the first week of the class series. The future class must be made up in the class immediately following the missed class series. (For example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series)
About the Instructor
Dr. Manijeh Motaghy finished her Doctorate in Psychology of Management Consulting while going through a chaotic and emotional divorce. She overcame many challenges throughout her life, co-founded Mindful Valley, founded Perfectly Here and Mindful Business Institute. Manijeh became certified and authorized to teach Mindfulness courses designed by UCLA Semel Institute, Mindful Awareness Research Center. She designed the Mindful Employee (ME) program to train and coach corporations in Mindfulness-Based practices and is the Executive Director and full-time Mindfulness teacher at Perfectly Here Mindfulness Center in Tarzana, CA.
In June of 2017, she experienced the most devastating event of her life, losing her beloved son who was only 26 years old to opioid addiction. This event tore her apart in so many ways. She experienced such sorrow that within the first month of his passing she fainted every day. Her brain would shut down of the immensity of the pain. When most mothers may be ruined for life, reaching into her own Magnificent Self, Manijeh gradually yet, relatively quickly recovered and continued living life fully with grace and equanimity. She is offering classes to those who grieve so that they may learn how to live again peacefully and joyfully.
Ever since childhood, Manijeh sought after inner peace and joy. She found such peace in communing with rocks and ants, fallen leaves and streams. Growing up her grandmother was her inspiration in so many ways especially in the matters of the heart, forgiveness, generosity, compassion, Loving Kindness and gratitude.
When she finally came to the practice of Mindfulness, though it felt like home, Manijeh found herself having a hard time to meditate and stay with the breath. It was the practices of loving-kindness that helped her excel in meditation and Mindfulness.
Manijeh has attended numerous 10-day silent retreats and has accumulated thousands of hours of practice in Mindfulness and meditation with an emphasis on loving kindness. Her Mindfulness teachers have included Diana Winston, Ajahn Yatiko and Ajahn Amaro, all of whom are highly accomplished teachers. Currently, she practices her spiritual path with Ajahn Pasanno, the Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley. In addition to the yearly 10 day silent retreats, Manijeh takes 1-2 weeks a few times a year to visit the Abhayagiri immersing herself with wisdom practices, constantly inquiring into teachings that lead to clarity and abandoning the causes of both suffering and happiness.
Manijeh has written over a hundred poems, a way to express her sorrows and joys, her vision and insights. Manijeh’s book, Her Poetic Truth- A Mindfulness Teacher’s Insights is coming soon. She is fierce in challenging her students to see things as they are and to raise the bar on their happiness. She is greatly appreciated and loved by her students and private clients for her non-judgment, heart of kindness and gentle approach.
May your effort, intention and participation in this course cause
the ripple effect of joy and contentment for all beings.