Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, and learned optimism confirm that people can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and resiliency. 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 practices, neuroscience, creative thinking, and non-dual teachings, participants will be taught skills to calm the mind, develop a mindful brain, regulate mind/body states, develop trust with the unconscious, and explore inner resources for activating creativity, vitality, and well-being.
• Meditating and practicing psychological skills to promote insight as well as create new neural pathways for healthy and creative brain development
• Exploring natural mind/body healing rhythms (yogic exercises and somatic breathing methods)
• Exploring mindfulness and yogic practice and somatic expressive methods for amplification, containment, and release of painful feeling states
• Discovering practices that promote loving-kindness and self-compassion (metta)
These skills are especially applicable for both self-healing practices and for health care professionals in their work with patients.
Recommended reading: Alexander, Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Time of Crisis and Loss and Change; Fryba, The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; Hanson, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment; Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind.
For continuing education syllabus, see http://www.esalen.org/Course_Info_Mind_Mood_Happiness.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit for psychologists;