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Tuesday Online—Shaila Catherine

Beyond Distraction

with Shaila Catherine

Join us to celebrate the launch of Shaila Catherine’s new book!
Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind

Learn how to overcome distraction in meditation practice and develop clarity in your relationships, work, and daily life.

We create habits by repeating a thought or action over and over again. In her latest book, Shaila Catherine offers an accessible strategy for training the mind that is guided by the Buddha’s pragmatic instructions on removing distracting thoughts. Following the Buddha’s approach, she guides you through five steps for overcoming distraction and focusing the mind: replacing, examining, ignoring, investigating, and resolving.

This book will help you unlock the incredible capacities of your mind to think clearly, reflect deeply, discern what is real, and pay attention to what is actually happening in your life. By working with this training, you can develop skills to recognize the nature of your own mind and free yourself from habitual thought patterns.

The five step training boils down to one key realization: In the moment you recognize that a thought is just a thought, you will find yourself on the path to a life of remarkable freedom.

Whether you’re a beginner who struggles to tame a restless mind or an advanced meditator who strives to deepen concentration and insight, the techniques to remove distracting thoughts can help you cultivate clarity and stability in your meditation practice and beyond.

Buy the Book

from bookshop.org/bodhi or your favorite bookseller.

What Advance Readers Say…

With clarity and heart, Shaila Catherine shows us many effective ways to be free of stressful, anxious, hurt, and resentful thoughts. Her book is deep and vast, grounded in science and illuminated by Buddhist wisdom, and useful for both specific issues and a lifetime of practice.

— Rick Hanson, author of Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Beyond Distraction offers a bounty of illustrations and practical exercises to help people recognize what distracts them in life, and work skillfully with their own minds. I highly recommend this book!

— Phil Jones, Dharma Teacher at Mid-America Dharma

Deeply rooted in the dharma but easy to follow, this very practical book will transform your ability to meditate, so you can transform your mind.

— Kristin Neff, author of Fierce Self-Compassion

I felt that she was speaking directly to me and my own experience, saying just the right thing to bring a smile and a nod and show me a way forward in my own practice. Very highly recommended!

Ed H., California

Shaila offers readers a treasure trove of practices to live a fulfilled life. She offers skillful means to dissolve the notion of distraction and to engage fully with our priorities. Readable, clear and down-to-earth, Beyond Distraction deserves a wide readership.

Christopher Titmuss, author of The Buddha of Love

The many practical exercises have helped me transform the way I relate to my thoughts. I will come back to these exercises again and again.

— Robin B., New Jersey

This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings.

Takes place on Zoom!

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TUESDAYS ONLINE: Due to coronavirus concerns, we have converted our Tuesday evening meeting to an online format with teachings offered by Shaila Catherine and an array of guest teachers. This online group meets 6:30 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time, which makes it possible for local members to join us after their workday, and for East Coast friends to sit with us before bed.

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