VAIL —The Vail Symposium’s 2013 Living At Your Peak Consciousness Series continues today and Friday at The Grand View in Lionshead with “Consciousness, Spirituality and the One Mind” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and “Healing Through Meditation” on Friday at 5 p.m..
These programs will take a look at the science behind mindfulness practices, explore how meditation affects your health, and discuss how to implement these practices into your life.
“We live in a fast-paced world where people are stressed out about work, anxious about their lives and don’t sleep well because they can’t shut down their brains,” said Vail Symposium Program Director Adam Katzen. “We’re worried about what might happen in the future and attached to our disappointments and successes of the past. We’re often so caught up in figuring everything out that we fail to truly experience anything. That’s why meditation is so important. Recent scientific studies have shown that meditation can improve self-control, combat depression, reduce pain, increase energy, boost immunity and help you sleep better and more.”
Thursday evening, Dr. Larry Dossey, former chief of staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, will discuss “Consciousness, Spirituality and the One Mind.” Recent evidence has demonstrated a profound correlation between spiritual practices and health and longevity. Most medical schools now feature this information in their curricula, and all hospitals are required to attend to the spiritual attitudes of all patients in order to be accredited. Further research supports an expanded concept of mind or consciousness, in which consciousness can manifest beyond the confines of the brain and body. Dossey will explain this emerging image of the mind and discuss the ethical implications of this view. Dossey received his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in Internal Medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the panel on Mind/Body Interventions, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of 12 books about consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times Bestseller “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine,” and most recently “One Mind: How our Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.” His books have been translated into 30 languages.
On Friday, Joey Klein and Felix Lopez, both experts in meditation, consciousness, and spiritual healing, will teach participants how to apply these practices to their lives.
Klein has been teaching internationally since 2001, sharing an eclectic body of knowledge from many traditions, integrating them for the modern world. He offers programs that unite mind, body, emotion, and spirit. These programs provide practical tools and teachings that support rapid transformation.
Klein’s writings, teachings, and interviews have been published in 14 countries. He has been a guest speaker on radio shows across the nation, and a featured presenter at many events. In 2005 he spoke before the United Nations in Thailand during an international peace summit. Klein founded his company, the Institute of Transformational Studies, in 2003, and has since grown to serve an international clientele. In addition to leading this organization, he actively guides a growing community of people. His vision is to create a global community of conscious and engaged individuals who support each other and serve the world. He recently started offering his seminars in the Vail Valley at Dogma studio in Edwards.
Lopez is a former Buddhist monk trained in India, Nepal and Thailand. He is a spiritual leader, teacher of mindfulness and meditation with students of diverse religious backgrounds (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim). Lopez dedicated himself to the study of pranic healing, pranic psychotherapy, pranic crystal healing, Arhatic yoga and became certified as a pranic healer by the Pranic Healing Home in Chennai, India. Felix was also initiated as an Abhyasi in Calcutta, India where he learned The Sahaj Marg system (A System of Raja Yoga Meditation). He was trained at one of Thailand’s most famous Buddhist Temples, and traveled to the northernmost provinces of Thailand, Chiang Rai where he lived among the native hill tribe people, cultivating and refining his skills as a healer.
Lopez has clients and students from throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. In addition to private healings, he travels and teaches Mindfulness, Insight Meditation, holds public Satsangs, and offers personal retreats several times a year. He recently opened “Jhana,” a mindfulness and healing center in Eagle.
Tickets are priced per program and are $35 general admission, $25 for Vail Symposium donors, and $10 for students. Go to www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954 to learn more and to make reservations.