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Feeding the Heart Good Food: The Brahmaviharas in Action
Dates: Jun 24, 2020 - Jun 28, 2020
Days: Wed - Sun (4 Nights)

Instructor(s): Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan

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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.

Learning Intentions:

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.

Experience Level:

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.

  • Bill Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.

  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

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