Cultivating a Compassionate Life of Presence - Tuning the Mind to the Heart

  • 13 Jul 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Compassion Education Center
  • 20


  • Tuning the Mind to the Heart session only

Registration is closed
Kevin Brown, Ph.D. and Pamela Cotton, Ph.D.

"Tuning the Mind to the Heart"

Almost everyone has experienced compassion.  We seem to be prepared to recognize others’ needs and be moved to action.  A review of the actual structure and function of the brain reveals that these capacities are in fact innate.  Yet in just the same way that we might all have the ability to play the piano, many of us don’t get too far beyond “Chopsticks.”  This presentation provides a road map for practices that can really develop our empathy and compassion, based on brain science.

Monday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Single class fee:  $36

Fees for all four Monday classes, July 13 and 27, August 10, August 17:  $139, Early Bird: $119 by June 30

Some partial scholarships are available upon request. Please email

Enrollment limit: 20 participants

In four successive classes this summer, we explore the major influences on the experience and expression of compassion.  In the first class, we will look at what we can notice about our thinking, in the next examine our feeling nature, and then in the third reflect on how our past experiences have shaped both our perceptions and reactions.  In each session, experiential practices and the related science are used to explore and develop understanding.  In the final session, this integration of science and practice helps us find specific and particular ways to nurture a deeper experience and expression of compassion in our lives. 

Kevin P. Brown, Ph.D. earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in 1989.  He studied meditation in several traditions, and he incorporated mindfulness practices into his clinical work, beginning in 1990.  He worked first with active duty military personnel and dependents at the Naval Hospital near Chicago, Illinois.  He retired from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in in Louisville in 2012, where he worked extensively with veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress.  He continues to study both psychology and meditation, and he aspires to integrate knowledge and insight to foster peace and well-being in the world (and the neighborhood!). 

Pamela Cotton, Ph.D. is trained in clinical psychology and had a psychotherapy private practice for many years.  She studied meditation in several traditions and incorporated mindfulness into her work with her clients. Pamela shifted focus from clinical practice to writing and coaching, integrating mindfulness with resilience development.  She has written several books, including Mindful Resilience and Compassion in Leadership.  Her coaching clients learn to use current life challenges as opportunities for growth and personal transformation.  She greatly values personal development and continues her own studies and meditation practice.

A note about our classes
These classes are neither psychotherapy nor counseling, but because the classes will involve working with feelings, troubling emotions or memories may arise.  If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support, the classes may not be a good choice for you at this time. If you are uncertain whether this caution might apply in your case, please consult with one of the instructors.

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