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Workshop: Opening to the Heart/Mind

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

Led by Susy Keely

Approaches to Working with Mind States in Meditation

Exploring the intersection between our thoughts, our emotional landscape, and the texture of our awareness/attention is a deeply powerful area of meditative practice. Learning to work more skillfully with our state of mind (whether difficult or joyful) offers us immediate benefits as people. As meditators, increasing our skill and the breadth of our available tools relative to our mind states can deepen our practice in profound ways over time.

Through discussion and guided practice we’ll explore:

  • Ways of approaching and tuning into our mind states and moods that can bring more ease and clarity to our lived experience.
  • Helpful ways of parsing and working with mind states that support our mindfulness and insight meditation.
  • How attending to the relationship between our state of mind and how we perceive our world can be a valuable avenue for cultivating insight into the nature of our experience.

“Our prime focus in the meditation should always be on the mind. We’re not trying to analyze things outside in and of themselves. We’re trying to see how the mind’s quest for happiness relates to the way things behave.”

- Thanisarro Bhikku

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels. In addition, those who have taken mindfulness or vipassana courses will likely find the material covered in this workshop to be complementary elaborations on those practices.


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.




Bay Shore Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803

We meet in the Gabrielson Chapel of the Bay Shore Church on The Toledo and Granada in Belmont Shore.

Parking: There is a free lot across Granada Ave. There is free public parking available except from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. Street parking is also available. Please observe all parking signs.

ADA Accessible

Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.

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    Please consider bringing

    • A snack or drink for yourself and/or to contribute.
    • Your own sitting gear, if preferred.
    • A donation/dana for the teacher.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
    • An extra wrap like a blanket or shawl to keep warm during the sits.

    Please Note:

    • DO NOT wear scented perfumes and fragrances.
    • TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.
    • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.

    Financial Assistance: No one is turned away for lack of funds! If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee, please email us at

    Susy Keely

    Tim Colohan Portrait

    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. She has also practiced and done retreat work engaged in a spiritually-oriented painting practice developed by Michele Cassou.Susy completed a year-long Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA. She currently participates in trainings with her teachers Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young. Susy has a particular interest in how a deep and vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life. She is also passionately interested in the subtleties of samadhi and vipassana practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.