Beyond Mindfulness: Finding Joy & Connection Through Ethical Living
This advanced course will help you reduce your stress and increase your joy by examining the Noble Eightfold Path. Discover how each factor in the path supports the other factors when practiced individually and collectively in your daily life. Learn how to deepen your meditative journey and strengthen your contentment.
This class takes you to the roots of mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, and contemporary neuroscience to create a defined path of study to support your lifelong meditation practice.
What to Expect
–Study the four noble truths and the science behind “the happy brain.”
–Deepen your understanding of mindfulness as the tool that helps wake you up and calm the autonomic nervous system.
–Explore the transformative power of intention in daily life and meditation practice.
–Examine the role of morality in living with yourself and others.
–Deepen your awareness of speech and how what you say really REALLY matters.
–Examine how a concentrated mind coupled with healthful e ort leads to more joy and more satisfying relationships.
–Deepen your awareness of life as the ultimate teacher from birth to death.
Class will include a combination of study, meditation, discussion, and journaling. As homework, participants will engage in 45 minutes of meditation each day, along with weekly reading from two texts.
If you have taken our MBSR or Mindfulness & Psychotherapy course, Beyond Mindfulness will deepen your understanding of mindfulness and its influence on your daily life. If you have a dedicated mindfulness practice but have not taken either of these, please contact us to be considered for this course.
Optional Books to Purchase
–Goldman, D. & Davidson, R. Altered traits: Science reveals how meditation changes your mind, brain, and body. 2017.
–Gunaratana, B. Eight Mindful steps to happiness. 2015.
–Wright, R. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Psychology of Meditation and Enlightenment. 2017.
When: Wednesdays April 4-May 23, 2018
Instructor: Stephanie Swann, PhD