In this very experiential six week class we will meet once a week for two hours to explore living with mindfulness, compassion, and resilience, which are fundamental to a life of authentic happiness. This course is a conglomeration of ancient wisdom practices (yoga, Theravada Buddhism, Zen Buddhism) and western psychology, nueroscience, and stress research. Taught by Brent Morton, who has trained and practiced extensively with pioneers in these fields, including Jack Kornfield, Dan Siegel, Peter Levine, and Tara Brach.
Mindfulness meditation will be the main technique and practice utilized in this course, the benefit of which is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working in today’s complex business environment, and certainly every leader, should know about. Mindfulness and compassion are scientifically proven to be effective at increasing self regulation (resilience), lowering symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD, as well as growing grey matter in the brain.
Mindfulness, compassion, and resilience are a way to keep our brains healthy, support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. They can be integrated into one’s religious or spiritual life, or practiced as a form of secular mental training.
About the Instructor:
Hello, my name is Brent Morton. I am a Buddhist meditation teacher, bodyworker, and Somatic Experiencing provider (using the Organic Intelligence approach). I live in Seattle, where I teach group meditation classes and provide one on one Somatic Experiencing sessions.
My practice and training includes completion of a 4 year Buddhist meditation teacher training through Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center; completion of the 3 year advanced training in Somatic Experiencing; continued mentorship with Steve Hoskinson and the Organic Intelligence approach to trauma healing; completion of a 750 hour massage training and licensure as a massage practitioner; completion of 3 yoga teacher trainings and 8 years of teaching yoga asan in a studio environment; 2 years of study of Craniosacral therapy through the Milne Institute; over 10 years of practice and study of Buddhist meditation, including over 50 silent meditation retreats and practice in Thailand, Burma, and India.
On a more personal note, I enjoy saunas and cold plunges, long philosophical conversations, beaches, nature, coffee, chocolate, music, sailing, good books, and unplanned international adventures.