"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 DrepungGomangCompassion@gmail.com.
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!).
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