If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. – Lao Tzu
Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, somatics, 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, somatic experiencing, 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 core creativity, vitality, and resilience. Methods include:
• 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) for nervous system regulation
• Exploring mindfulness, yogic practice, and somatic experiencing methods for containment and release of painful feeling states
• Discovering practices that promote loving-kindness and self-compassion (metta)
• Sacred kirtan music
These skills are especially applicable for both self-healing practices and for health care professionals in their work with clients and patients.
Recommended reading: Alexander, Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Time of Crisis, Loss and Change; Fryba, The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; Hanson, Hardwiring Happiness; Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger.
For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/mind-mood-happiness-0518.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit pending for psychologists;