“In daily life, our quality of presence is reflected in our way of feeling concerned in our life, of getting involved in it, and by the desire to communicate positively with those around us.”
Full Presence – What is that ?
Confusion is common between ‘full presence’ and ‘Mindfulness’. For most people, these two notions convey the same meaning. Yet there are notable differences between the two.
Mindfulness meditation is a collection of exercises that come from various backgrounds and cultures. We thus find in the proposed programs a set of techniques: Yoga, Western relaxation, Cognitive-behavioral therapies and other obediences linked to Buddhism and science, in particular to neurosciences. As a result of ‘Mindfulness’, meditation has become an object of study and of interest to researchers.
Full-Presence Meditation® is at the crossroads of several disciplines: humanistic stance with its “actualizing tendency” – a natural propensity that pushes human beings to become the best version of themselves; phenomenology – which postulates the primacy of perception over consciousness; and finally, educational neurosciences – which emphasizes the theories and practices of learning.
The Full-Presence Meditation initiated by Danis Bois is related to Mindfulness in certain aspects. Like Mindfulness. It is a secular vision, it mobilizes attentional resources, and the emergence of insights, and invites you to penetrate the present moment. Yet it also has its own characteristics witch constitute its distinctiveness.
The characteristics of Full-Presence
“The more we are fully present, the more we become fully aware and vice versa.”Danis Bois
A paroxysmal perceptual quality
Through Full-Presence we perceive what habitual perception does not allow us to perceive. In this context, to become fully present is to perceive a maximum of things with minimal attentional effort.
A universal human quality
Full-Presence represents the highest relational expression of human nature : human warmth.
A catalyst for potentiality
Full-Presence optimizes cognitive abilities. In particular it optimizes perception, attention and awareness. It also develops relational skills such as empathy, benevolence, compassion and alterity.
A positive and caring attitude towards others and the world
Becoming present to the present honors life and avoids going through life at too fast a pace. Being present to oneself invites us to better receive all the things in our life and to use them as best in our relationships to others.
A new type of meditation
With innovative aspects such as self-perception, quality of presence, the inner movement, the Sensible body and the step-by-step Educational Process.
The Full-Presence Educational Process
This terminology highlights the educational dimension that is central to our practices as well as the notion of model and process used in the teaching and practice of meditation. It is a teaching method that acts as a stimulator of interest where each practice reveals a new challenge, a new sensation or feeling and a different way of doing things.
One can imagine the educational process as an elevator that enables learners to explore the depth of perceptions that were until then inaccessible to their consciousness.
Verbal guidance helps meditator to successfully complete the proposed task. And thanks to the progressivity of the exploration, the experience becomes intelligible to those experiencing it.
The meditation we propose requires high abilities which are at the extreme limit of habitual and naturalistic perception. This observation led us to simplify the teaching method by making it more gradual. Ten steps begin with a first, then a second and so on, a true chronological process that starts from the simplest to the most complex.
Incrementally things require an increasingly complex modus operandi up to the tenth step. The notion of complexity is not a negative one. It is about going beyond one’s own limits, which results in actualizing what was until then just a potential. This actualization is made possible thanks to this step-by-step educational process. We start where the meditator is, respecting their capacities of the moment.
We start by using simple, tangible, and easy-to-use supports that engage slightly more attention than in daly life. Then we create conditions of experience which require a higher level of attention, witch is more difficult to access in terms of feelings and subjectivity.
The educational process is a guarantee of efficiency as it is organized in a way that respects the chronology of actions in a particular logic, coherence and progressiveness, and in that way become sa very helpful reference for the meditator.
Table of evaluation concerning the degree of accessibility of the tasks to be accomplished
|Step by Step||Characteristics of the Full-Presence Educational Process|
Represents the set of tasks showing a certain number of criteria :
The tasks are easy to perform, do not require much of attention ; under the control of the meditator’s will ; and requiring little involvement
|Step 2||Begins as soon as the instructions are more engaging and require a qualitative and subjective relationship with the task to be carried out.|
|Step 3||Is very involving and begins as soon as the instruction mobilizes the connection with the inner movement, and with Full -Presence and its various manifestations such as the subtle feelings and states of being that results from it.|
|Step 4||Favors the autonomy as meditators now do what they could not do on their own before : meditating in silence without having recourse to verbal guidance and being fully present in their meditation.|
The distinctiveness of Full-Presence Meditation®
The inner movement is at the heart of our practices, it is considered an actuating power and participates in maintaining a balance in health and in the process of personal growth. Behind the notion of the internal movement we touch the very principle of the living.Danis Bois
On this website you will find three activity possibilities : to learn to meditate, to deepen your practice by meditating with Danis Bois and to learn how to guide meditation groups.
“Full Presence Meditation®” is a trademark registered on March 31, 2014 at the INPI by Danis Bois. This trademark is registered under the number 4080005.
The “Full-Presence Educational Process®” is a registered model in the form of an e-Soleau envelope as well as the “Full-Presence MDB” (number 204649485). As this model is being used in many foreign countries, we have chosen to file it in English.