[Please join me if you can, and spread the word if you can, about these many opportunities to deepen the understanding and practice of the mindfulness and self-compassion that lead to resilience.]
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
January 10, 2015, 9:30-5:00pm
Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A wise use of Buddhist contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate wholesome ones, leading to more clarity, response flexibility and resilience and less greed, hatred, delusion and suffering.
This daylong teaches participants many practices that skillfully harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress, trauma, and our all-too- human conditioning on how we cope with the inevitable disappointments and disasters of life, and to deepen the habits of generosity, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, equanimity, tranquility, and inner peace that lead to freedom and liberation.
The daylong will deepen practitioners’ experiences of and faith in self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support of wise understanding and wise effort.
Mindful Self-Compassion – Winter 2015 core course
San Rafael, CA
January 18 – March 8, 2015
Sunday evenings, 6pm-9pm
Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-week training in empirically-supported tools and techniques that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action. Practices in loving kindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering. Practices in mindfulness allow us to see our experiences more clearly and accept them more calmly and resiliently. Understanding our common humanity brings us out of isolation into connection and resources again. MSC teaches practices of loving connected presence that allows us not just to feel better but to cope wisely when we are feeling bad.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion – Winter 2015 advanced course
San Rafael, CA
January 15 – March 5, 2015
Thursday evenings, 6pm-9pm
For people who have previously completed a Mindful Self-Compassion course with Linda Graham or another MSC teacher, or have practiced loving kindness and/or mindfulness meditation for three years or more.
All the core meditations and practices taught in the Mindful Self-Compassion training, enhanced by additional teachings/practices based on behavioral science and neuroscience research. Participants will deepen their mindful self-compassion practice in the context of insights and tools taught in the Buddhist wisdom tradition, relational psychology, trauma therapy, epigenetics and modern brain science. Practices will be supplemented by articles, videos, poetry/quotes, and online resources.
Deepening Joy groups provide an opportunity for participants to explore the practices taught in James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course: intention, mindfulness, gratitude, resilience, integrity, letting go, be-friending ourselves, loving others, compassion, equanimity, and simply being. These practices help us move through the difficulties and challenges of being human, sustained by an increasingly reliable and deep happiness.