Resources for Recovering Resilience: Variations on a Theme – workshops on Bouncing Back, Brain Care, Mindful Self-Compassion

[For folks local to the San Francisco Bay Area:]

Brain Care is Self-Care

California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

November 1, 2014, 10am-5pm

When we tap the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain our equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover the rejuvenating creativity and flow of our work.

When we tap the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain our equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover the rejuvenating creativity and flow of our work.

Compassion – for Self and Others

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Woodacre, CA
December 13, 2014, 9:30am-4:30pm

We practice mindfulness to become aware of our experience – and our reactions to our experience – so that we can be with our experiences, moment to moment, and discern options and make wise choices for the next moments.

We practice compassion to bring kindness and care to theexperiencer in moments of difficulty, pain, and loss. Compassion – for ourselves and for others – allows us to meet the traumas and troubles inherent in the human condition with an open heart, an understanding mind, and a genuine willingness to act wisely to alleviate suffering.

This experiential daylong offers many practical tools to reduce judgment and resistance and strengthen sincere motivation to ease our own suffering and alleviate the pain and struggles of others. Meditations, inquiry, and discussion deepen our practice in ways that make compassion practice immediately useful, with lasting benefits.

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Resilience and Well-Being

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Woodacre, CA
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.

Mindful 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 2015

San Rafael, CA

January 16 – March 20, 2015
Friday evenings, 6pm-9pm

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.