A central habit of the mind is to focus on the negative, the one thing not done well, the not good enough, the disappointing interaction, the grievance. This contributes to low grade, chronic, self-created stress, to dukkha. The Buddha recommended that we learn to steer away from unwholesome mind states and cultivate wholesome ones. This was an essential aspect of his teaching, a core part of the raft which could take us to the shore of less stress and more ease of wellbeing. During this course we will focus on creative approaches to arousing the uplifting heart qualities of the sublime abidings (brahmavihāras): friendliness, compassion, gladness, and equanimity. These are available to us when the heart is not preoccupied with stress. We will explore how these heart tones can be brought to life on and off the cushion and how their presence impacts the present moment.
This course is comprised of didactic modules, group discussions and mindful communication exercises. Mornings and evenings are devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation.
To utilize mindfulness and concentration practices in the service of deepening therapeutic presence; develop the skill of recognizing unwholesome mind states close to their inception; practice metta, or loving-kindness, as a means of enhancing affect tolerance; utilize compassion practices to enhance empathic attunement; learn the antidote potential of appreciative joy when working with the unwholesome mind states of envy and jealousy; and learn how to cultivate the balanced perspective of equanimity in the face of bias and judgment.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed outside of the meditation hall including during most meal times.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
CEU's: The application for 12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers has been submitted for this course. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please contact us at (978-355-2347/contact@buddhistinquiry) for the status of CE accreditation. Click here for more information.