Equanimity means not reacting to your reactions... and that is both a wonderful relief from upsets and traumas, and a profound resource for spiritual growth.
In Buddhism, equanimity is one of the four Brahmaviharas (Divine Abodes), and is often considered the foundation of the others: compassion, lovingkindness and sympathetic joy. Equanimity breaks the chain of suffering by helping you not react to the pleasant/unpleasant feeling tone of experience with craving and clinging.
Your equanimity, a state of mind, is based on underlying states of your brain. Modern neuroscience is revealing new ways to cultivate those brain states--a potent combination with time-tested Buddhist practices.
This experiential workshop - led by a neuropsychologist - will offer user-friendly information with lots of practical methods useful for both self-guided practice and in therapeutic settings. We'll cover:
--- The Buddha’s teachings on equanimity;
--- The neurological machinery of emotional reactivity;
--- How equanimity works in your brain to prevent, cool and heal destructive emotions;
--- Strengthening 'top-down,' frontal lobe influences through Wise View and other elements of the Noble Eightfold Path;
--- Training 'bottom-up,' limbic system reactions to be less fearful and angry, and more peaceful, connecting and constructive;
--- 'Neurodharma' perspectives on healing from trauma.
There will be time for questions and discussion. No background with meditation or neuroscience is needed.
Teachings and practices are appropriate for individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available, please see below.
This workshop is designed to help health care professionals:
- Describe the key neurological circuits of emotional reactivity.
- Explain why evolution has led to a brain with a "negative bias".
- Teach clients or patients ways to use mindfulness practices to step back from the hedonic tone of experience and thus not be so affected by it.
- Teach clients or patients ways to heal painful experiences through the technique of "taking in the good".
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this daylong for $25.
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Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review information about What to Bring to a Daylong. This link has useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Limited Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as scholarships, may be available for this program. If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Carpooling requested for onsite parking.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 5 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $30. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.