We are also offering this event online as a LIVE VIDEO STREAM. To register to attend the event online, visit this link.
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 other three: compassion, lovingkindness, and altruistic 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 both individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available, please see below.
Learning objectives for health care professionals who are participating-
This workshop is designed to help you:
-Describe the key neurological circuits of emotional reactivity.
-Explain why evolution has led to a brain with a "negativity 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.
Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.
Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.
Carpooling requested for onsite parking.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $45. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.