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Awake in the World: Unwinding Habits

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

Led By Teacher Robert Lurye

We all develop skillful and unskillful habits as part of our learning process. If we practice riding a bike we learn to ride with ease, no longer worrying about keeping balance; if we practice being angry, the slightest insult may trigger our reactivity.

Cultivating mindfulness in daily life and through formal meditation practice can illuminate unhealthy habits shadowed in darkness that lead to distress and suffering. We sense the force of habit as repeated patterns of mind and body arising from mental and physical conditioning. We can become aware of the tendency for things done frequently to become automatic, then choose to kindly escort awareness back to attending to the present situation with clarity and discernment to respond with care. We can use recognition, acceptance, investigation of suffering, and non-identification to unwind from unwanted habits.

This experiential workshop will focus on mindfulness practices which support skillful responding to stressful challenges of everyday life. We will introduce how to begin the practice of unwinding unhelpful automatic habits such as: smartphone overuse, stress eating, smoking, and chronic anxiety through awareness and compassion practices that help foster resilience, well-being and social connection.

The workshop will consist of:

  • A variety of formal and informal mindfulness meditations, short practices for daily use.

  • Introduction to Reward Based Learning and The Habit Loop

  • Group discussion

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 Robert Lurye


Robert Lurye is a visual artist with open hearted love of learning and teaching. He was introduced to cultivating present moment awareness from Ram Dass’s book “Be Here Now” in 1977.  He was formally introduced to Buddhist philosophy and art by his Professor Doris Staffel in 1978, where each studio class was a dharma talk, shaping his approach to perception and awareness of impermanence. He’s been influenced by travels to China, living in Thailand, trekking in Nepal, but it took 20 years of high pressure working in Hollywood animation studios to lead Robert to a dedicated meditation and yoga practice in 2010.

Robert became a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher through the UMASS Medical School's Center for Mindfulness and is currently training with Director of Research, Dr. Judson Brewer for teaching craving/addiction/anxiety programs. He is a graduate of InsightLA's facilitator training program, teaches regularly at InsightLA and has been a guest facilitator at Against the Stream and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He has taught Art and Computer Graphics at the University of Texas Austin, Texas A&M and the Ohio State University. His film and television career includes artistic production and supervision on computer-animated and special FX feature films at Disney, DreamWorks, and other major studios.

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