Finding Your Seat

Bringing the Body Online in the Sitting Posture

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Finding Your Seat

In this self-paced course teachers Vincent Horn & Emily Horn will guide you through using the sitting posture in formal meditation to bring the body online.

During this course you will be introduced to The Six Points of Posture: Seat, Hands, Eyes, Balance, Alignment, & Attitude. Taken together these six pointers form a systematic & comprehensive approach to meditating in the sitting posture.

Key concepts are shared in short video talks paired with high-fidelity audio meditations.

"I'm in love with this course. Short, simple videos, with short, simple and beautiful meditations." - Jeronimo P.R.C.

"Nice short course which focused precisely on the topic." - Lars B.

Bringing the Body Online

One of the unexpected outcomes of the digital age has been the outbreak of a plague of disembodiment.

This plague traces its roots back to the explosive awakening of the Western Enlightenment, where rationally empowered individuals began to break from a long history of groupthink and religious ideology. This rational revolution enabled unprecedented breakthroughs in science, technology, self-governance, & human rights. But it also cast a deep and long shadow--one that we’re now struggling to understand and rectify.

Since the time of the Western Enlightenment we have valued mental education over physical embodiment. We’ve valued the growth of our economic and political systems over sustaining the physical ecologies that enable this growth. We have brought our minds online, while leaving our bodies behind.

This plague of disembodiment has left us alienated from the ground of our own lives. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Embodied Meditation

One of the amazing things found in the Eastern versions of Enlightenment is a profound freedom that is grounded in the body. A recognition that, in fact, the mind & body are not two separate things, but one interconnected living form.

When we find our seat we are practicing a form of embodied meditation. And embodied meditation is an act of social awakening. We can't heal the collective rift between mind & body, without feeling our own first. Put another way: It’s only when we bring all of ourselves online that we awaken to the full potential of our connected humanity.

The Six Points of Posture

At first flush these ideas can sound idealistic, perhaps even ungrounded! For that reason we have to root this vision in practical terms.

The practice offered here involves working with the six points of posture:

  1. Seat - Explore the different options you have for selecting a seat and the basic mechanics associated with each.
  2. Hands - Look at the options for where you can sustainably place your hands while sitting.
  3. Eyes - Do you close your eyes or keep them open while meditating? We’ll look at both options and the strengths and downsides of each.
  4. Balance - Find an optimal balance in relative space, from left-to-right, front-to-back, upward & downward.
  5. Alignment - Learn how to align the core of your body with the force of gravity.
  6. Attitude - Have your mental attitude reflect the relaxed and energized physical posture of meditation.

These pointers will give you specific ways to find your seat--and reconnect with your body--while in the sitting posture. Finding your seat means bringing the body online.

Meet the Teachers

Emily Horn & Vince Horn
Emily Horn & Vince Horn

Emily Horn & Vince Horn are partners who have spent their adult lives living, training & teaching together. Their training began in the Buddhist tradition, where they've done nearly two years of combined retreat practice. Emily has been authorized as a meditation teacher by some of the largest meditation centers in the West, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and The Insight Meditation Society. Her core mentors in that tradition are Jack Kornfield & Trudy Goodman Kornfield. Vince has been empowered to teach in the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and also considers Trudy Goodman Kornfield to be a heart teacher. After 10 years of running the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project Vince & Emily are currently focused on creating deep training opportunities for the digital age, raising their son Zander, & enjoying their lives in the mountains of Asheville.

"Very beautifully constructed and presented..." - Margaret W.

Designed with You in Mind

There are many reasons one could be interested in practicing meditation. Here are some of the most common we've found:

  • Distraction : I notice that I am regularly distracted and sense that this is harming the quality of my relationships, work, alone time, and/or health.
  • Anxiety / Depression : I’m looking for a way to deal with stressful experiences like anxiety and depression.
  • Enhancing Performance : I have a specific passion or area of focus that could benefit from improved general concentration abilities.
  • Exploring Consciousness : I’m interested in exploring various states of consciousness and want to understand how the mind works.
  • Going Deeper in Meditation : I already practice some form of meditation but want to round out, or broaden, my practice by improving my skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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