People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as "skillful methods" for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.
Using techniques from modern positive psychology, mindfulness, creative thinking and non-dual teachings, participants will learn skills to calm the mind, regulate mind/body states, develop trust with the unconscious, and explore inner resources for activating creativity, vitality, and well-being.
• Developing skills for accessing the resources of the core self
• Utilizing the unconscious for activating internal healing resources
• Meditating and practicing psychological skills to promote insight
• Exploring natural mind/body healing rhythms (yogic and somatic breathing methods)
• Discovering Buddhist psychological antidote remedies for unpleasant or painful states of mind
• Discussing mind, self, dissatisfaction, and happiness from Western and Buddhist perspectives
• Discovering practices that promote loving-kindness
These skills are especially applicable to health care professionals in their work with patients.
Recommended reading: Alexander, Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change; Fryba, The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.