Present Moment Awareness Seminar Not As Good As Last Year

Watching the clock at a boring transformational workshop can make the present moment last forever. Photo credit: Ross Berteig

Present Moment Seminar Review

If you were fortunate enough to attend Phillip Lowenbrau’s workshop last year, or during any 2004 to 2009 Santa Fe visit, you were at the right place, at the right time. But if you attended this year’s Present Moment seminar, you were certainly at the wrong place, staring at the clock the whole time.

A Present Moment Speaker of the Past?

Phillip is clearly talented, and I am not writing him out of the picture. The main problem is that his current seminar on Present Moment appreciation isn’t as engaging or as memorable as his Present Moment discourses from the past.  However, this is not to say that Phillip can’t rebound with strong Present Moment inspiration in the future.

Each year, as the big seminar approaches, I can hardly stay focused in my daily life. My mind continuously wanders to what new things Phillip may say about the Present Moment. He used to always come up with great gimmicks to discuss the eternal now. He’d say things like, “Don’t resent the present,” and, “Don’t suture the future.”

But this year, I was truly disappointed, it seemed like he was just recycling old notes from his glory years. His new catch phrase was too forced, “Resent the suture.” What? I’m already not looking forward to next year’s Present Moment agenda.

Autopilot Mindfulness

While Phillip was trying to mystify us about the Present Moment he was clearly going on autopilot. He looked bored, as though he had delivered this speech one hundred too many times this year. He was even using examples of “current events”, but they were all from like four years ago. Hurricane Patricia?

I have a remarkable ability to stay focused in the Now. It is a magical realm of happiness. However, I have no misgivings about being a clock-watcher at a Present Moment Seminar. Especially if the presenter, Mr. Lowenbrau is also looking at his watch every time someone asks a question.

Referential Teaching

The attendees themselves were down to 15 from the previous year’s 45 students. When Phillip realized that seven of those 15 were return students, he stopped explaining his philosophies altogether. He would get to a point and then say, “Remember when I talked in 2008 about The Preconditioned State? Ok, good, well that applies as the moral to the last story also”.

Sometimes he’d bring up concepts, but instead of elaborating he’d say, “I plan on explaining more at length next year.” Okay, Phillip, I plan on finishing this review next year as well.

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