Deepening Wisdom on the Dharma Trail

Deepening Wisdom on the Dharma Trail

(Please join me if you can, and spread the word if you can, about these many opportunities to deepen the understanding and practice of mindfulness, compassion, and equanimity.)

Brain Care is Self-Care

California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
November 1, 2014, 10am-5pm

Many of the things we do for self-care – reducing stress, getting good exercise and a good night’s sleep, eating healthy foods, walking in nature, enjoying the company of good friends – are practices essential to brain care, too. When we nourish our physical brain, we nourish our well-being, too.

And when we learn how the brain works – how it can learn and encode new learning into reliable habits of thriving and well-being – we can take better care of both our brains and our selves.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.

In this experiential daylong workshop, you will learn empirically validated techniques to calm down the nervous system, take self-compassion breaks, come to clarity and discernment in decision making, heal toxic shame, retire the inner critic, and revive a sense of competency and connection with others. You’ll leave with a self-help toolkit to create new neural flexibility in your brain and a fresh sense of well-being and flourishing.

Insight LA
Santa Monica, CA
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shift Happens: Mindfulness and Compassion, Powerful Agents of Brain Change and Spiritual Transformation

Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. We can learn to wisely use Buddhist contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology to harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress and trauma, deepen our self-compassion and self-awareness, learn new and creative ways to navigate the twists and turns of life with more calm, courage, and flexibility, and deepen the wise effort that leads to inner peace, equanimity, and well-being.

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 the experiencerin 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 www.awakeningjoy.info 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.

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