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.