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Awake in the World: Walking Our Own Path

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led By Community Dharma Leader Susy Keely

A rich, empowered personal practice arises when clarity about the meditative tools we are using meets an alignment with our own deepest intentions for practice. In this workshop, we’ll examine what ingredients make for a thriving, energized practice. It will also offer an opportunity to reflect on how our relationship to practice (our ideas, conceptions, and feelings) impact our meditation.  

We live in an age where access to a wide range of wisdom teachings and methods is unprecedented. The upside to this is that we are free to explore and experiment with different approaches. The downside is the potential for a kind of information-overload or confusion about how different practices relate. Together we will examine and clarify the components of a well-balanced meditation practice including the cultivation of stability, the cultivation of heart, and the cultivation of wisdom.

In addition, we’ll explore our relationship to meditative practice. While every path will will have its ups and downs, we may at times feel unnecessarily separated from our practice. We may have trouble practicing consistently, or feel uninspired – despite the fact that we are called to meditate. We may simply sense that something more is possible. Some questions we may explore:

  • Are we holding any limiting views about our own ability and potential?

  • Are there any conflicts between our understanding of practice and our deepest aspirations?

  • Do we feel free to question and translate teachings and practices relative to our own unique circumstances?

  • Is there a way to improve our relationship to challenges that arise in our practice?  

This workshop format will include teaching, guided practice, and discussion periods. The format will be flexible, to allow us to explore what feels most relevant and alive for those who attend.

The goal of the “Awake in the World” program is to learn to wholeheartedly experience the challenge and beauty of everyday life through the art of meditation.

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.

Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.

Teacher Susy Keely


Susy has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2001. Her early years of practice were with the sangha at Deer Park Monastery (Thich Nhat Hanh). She began practicing Vipassana/Insight Meditation in 2005. She has attended dozens of residential retreats within those traditions.

Susy currently participates in trainings with her teachers Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young. She completed a year-long Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA.  

As an artist and a mother, she has a passion for exploring the ways in which a deep and vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life. She is deeply interested in the subtleties of samadhi and insight practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.

Earlier Event: February 16
Awake in the World: Freedom From Views