Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual, and expressive contexts. This workshop goes the other direction: it integrates secular mindfulness practices with the wisdom of World philosophies and with the creative arts. The workshop is for those new to mindfulness, those with an established practice, and for psychotherapists interested in integrating mindfulness into their clinical work. It is co-taught by a psychiatrist and cultural scholar from New York University, and an experienced meditation teacher. We approach mindfulness in a cosmopolitan fashion as a way of life and a practice of freedom. This approach can foster the participant’s ability to cope with the stresses of contemporary times and to access higher levels of consciousness and flourishing. It opens our hearts to the possibility of a more spiritual, compassionate, and honest experience of life. Mindfulness practiced this way provides a deeper level of reserves with which to engage in our worldly projects. And, most of all, it gives us the capacity to delight in the process of being here on this world now, as it is, regardless of what happens and what fates befall us. We welcome new and returning seminarians, and as such the content for this workshop shifts a little each time it is given.
Recommended reading: Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness; Consiglio, Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation; Andre, Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment through Art.
For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/mindfulness-wisdom-practice-0818.
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;