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Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:00 EST Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter? -

Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter?

Jan 26 - 5:00pm to Jan 28 - 2:00pm

Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter?
January 26th - January 28th, 2018
Barre Center For Buddhist Studies
149 Lockewood Rd.
Barre, MA 01005
Registration Information
 
While we all know suffernig when we see it, there are countless ways of understanding its causes. Some of these are shared and formal, such as those found in medicine, psychology and Wester religious traditions, and many are private and idiosyncratic to every one of us. How we understand suffering critically shapes the way we respond to it. In this course, we will explore a range of accounts of suffering, including how our understanding is shaped by personal history, culture, science and personality, with particular attention tot he underlying assumptions about suffering found in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. We will then explore the Buddha's formulation for the origin and cessation of suffering. Every 'great tradition' has some cornerstone truth, and the First Noble Truth of Suffering is one such foundational axiom of Buddhist thought and practice: If we are born, we are inevitably subject to suffering, and yet it is the experience everyone is most motivated to escape. In this, suffering becomes a central and enduring problem for all of us. Through readings, conversation, lecture, and practice, we will explore these various formulations, in order to open up broader avenues for understanding - and responding to - suffering. Wile this course has relevance for mental health practicitions and other caregivers, enrollment is open to all.

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:30 EST Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit -

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit

Jan 27 - 9:00am to Jan 28 - 4:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men

a two-day benefit for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

presented by Chris Germer and Daniel Ellenberg

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm; and Sunday, Jan 28, 10:00am - 4:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

This workshop, designed specifically for men, is a two-day, condensed version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion. The workshop will be taught by Chris and Daniel Ellenberg, a trained MSC teacher and expert in men’s psychology.

Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with respect and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced achievement motivation, a sense of wellbeing, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom. Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships.

Self-compassion is not a lot of work—it’s about letting go of the stress that we invisibly and inevitably add to our daily lives. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

 

8 Good Reasons to Attend this Workshop

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to practice self-compassion in your daily life
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Strategies for living close to your core values
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
  • Self-compassion skills that can be taught to clients

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for men of any background who wish to integrate self-compassion into their personal and/or professional lives. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

 

Registration

To register, please click here. Fees: $295 general admission; $200 IMP member or graduate student with ID (Limited student spots available). Any profit from this workshop will be donated to support the good work of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
2. Understand the benefits of self-compassion for men and overcome unique obstacles to practicing self-compassion
3. Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system, and explain the scientific rationale for concentration meditation.
4. Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion.
5. Practice loving-kindness meditation for emotional wellbeing
6. Describe the role of self-criticism in anxiety and depression and practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism.
7. Define and recognize personal core values, and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
8. Practice self-compassion strategies to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
9. Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate caregiving fatigue
10. Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients

 

FACULTY:


 Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

 



Mugshots/Germer%20portrait%20rectang%20high%20res,%20Feb%202017%20copy.jpgChristopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Continuing education credit hours are available with no extra charge for all ticket levels. For more CE information, please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.5 hours of credit for the full course. 

 


NBCC approved provider logoLicensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 11.5 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. 

 

Nurses: This program carries 11.5 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Application for professional continuing education has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of MAMFT CE accreditation.

 

LOCATION: Arlington Center, Arlington, MA. 781-316-0282 ~ www.arlingtoncenter.org. Please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy with any questions.

 

Suggested Reading:

The following books are recommended, but not required:

  • Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion . New York: Guilford Press.

  • Neff, K. (2011). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow

 

 

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:00 EST Heal the Living -

Heal the Living

Feb 3 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

February 3, 2018
Heal The Living
Starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval
Directed by Katell Quillévére, 2016
103 minutes
Discussant: Tom Pedula, LICSW

A dreamy young surfer’s catastrophic early morning accident shatters a family, yet somehow bestows the gift of life and hope to others in this keenly felt, much acclaimed film by Katell Quillévéré. Heal The Living goes to the heart of a life: its terrifying fragility matched by the strength of its pulsing connections. At once elegant and raw, this remarkable film powerfully imparts the dharma of memento mori…et vitae.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify emotional conflicts and challenges particular to heart disease and organ transplantation
  2. contrast how individuals, their families, and caregivers experience and cope with death
  3. compare their experiences with Buddhist practices, especially death contemplation and urgency.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:30 EST The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting -

The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting

Feb 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 5, 2018


The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting
Doug Worthen, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

8 years ago the Middlesex School began integrating mindfulness into their school community by hiring a part-time mindfulness teacher. After a few years this position grew into a full-time position that is dedicated to sharing mindfulness with students, teachers, parents, staff, and alumni. Learn how this model has impacted the Middlesex community and why other schools may want to hire similar positions.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. learn the different ways mindfulness is coming into independent and public schools
  2. understand the basics of a School Mindfulness Program
  3. describe about the different ways mindfulness is taught to students, athletes, faculty, staff, and parents.

Doug Worthen is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Since 2010 he has been supporting and educating the Middlesex School community (students, faculty, staff, parents, and alums) in mindfulness. Doug began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1999 as a member of the UVA national championship lacrosse team and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Living through two bouts of lymphoma, including a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Doug has experienced firsthand the healing power of mindfulness. Doug has attended several 1-3 month-long mindfulness retreats, is a faculty member of the iBme Teacher Training, and is dedicated to supporting other schools in creating full-time mindfulness faculty positions.

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Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:00 EST Being Together: The Art of Loving -

Being Together: The Art of Loving

Mar 3 - 9:00am to Mar 4 - 5:00pm

Rich & Antra Borofsky will lead a Mindfulness Couples Workshop:

 

 
Being Together: The Art of Loving
Mindfulness Practices for Couples
Saturday March 3, 2018 & Sunday March 4, 2018
9am-5pm
Cambridge, MA
Cost: 700$ per couple
 

The art of loving is the art of bringing our best, most present, and cherishing attention to ourselves and our partner moment by moment.  Learning how to do this consistently and skillfully under all conditions requires dedication, courage and practice.  This weekend is a precious opportunity to receive inspiration, encouragement, and coaching in the intimate art of being together mindfully.

In the workshop we create an environment which is safe and ample enough to hold the whole human truth of who you both are--your  strengths, your vulnerabilities, your courage, your fears, your faith, and your doubts.  

Our aim is to help you renew and deepen your love for each other and to transform whatever hurts, disappointments, and resentments you have accumulated into a more passionate, trusting, compassionate, and sustainable connection.     

We will share with you the heart of what we have learned from being a couple for 47 years and couple therapists for over 35 years and will teach you some elegantly simple mindfulness exercises that when practiced over time, cultivate a deep sense of connection and aliveness.

Our workshop includes humor and music as well as talk, demonstrations, experiential exercises and group sharing. It is open to all couples--young or old, married or unmarried, straight or gay --who are eager to learn more about the intimate art of loving one another.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Rich & Antra Borofsky at Borofskys@borofsky.net or 617-661-7890

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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:30 EST Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma -

Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma

Mar 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

March 5, 2018
Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma
Christopher Willard, PsyD
location: CMC see address above

There's an old joke that karma does not mean that cutting someone off in traffic means you won't find a good parking spot. But what if it does? In this talk, expanded from Chris's recent TEDx talk, we will explore more deeply the neuroscience, social science and even genetic science behind mindful and compassionate action. If “Karma” is a spiritual concept about of cause and effect, we will examine the ways that compassionate actions can "go viral" and ripple outwards through social contagion effects. We will also consider how compassion action can change us inwardly through neuroplasticity and influence future generations via epigenetics. Finally, we will discuss new social psychology research on "downstream and upstream reciprocity," which may have implications for how we perceive and feel about the world around us, and how our actions can ripple back to us, in what is essentially a statistical model of “what goes around comes around.” Looking more closely at how our behavior impacts ourselves, and the world, and how the world impacts us, we may well discover how you drive actually does affect whether you get that coveted parking spot.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the social psychology of behavioral contagion and upstream reciprocity
  2. learn about current research in the science of compassion and generosity
  3. understand how epigenetics may play a role in behavior and mental health

 

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness, education, and psychotherapy. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017), and various other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:00 EST Paths of the Soul -

Paths of the Soul

Mar 10 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

March 10, 2018
Paths of the Soul
With Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo, Renqing Wangyal, Dawa Tashi, Jiangcuo Wangdui, Rigzin Jigme, Mu Qu, Gyatso, Dingzi Dengda, Suolang Nima
Directed by Zhang Yang, 2015
115 minutes
Discussant: Meghan Searl, Psy. D.

Journeying in all kinds of weather for 750 miles across the Tibetan plateau for seven months on a pilgrimage to Lhasa is a good definition of demanding. Doing full prostrations—literally diving onto the ground while sliding forward on thick wooden blocks that protect the hands and full aprons of animal skin that protect the torso—well, that accentuates the definition. Each prostration entails three preliminary claps of the hands—signs of taking refuge in the “Three Jewels” of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha while one simultaneously and silently speaks words of refuge to oneself. The entire journey, therefore, is made largely without talking during the actual periods of travel. And yet, this film depicts a journey that is unparalleled in its ordinariness. These are ordinary Tibetans doing what their forebears have ordinarily done for generations. And for what? The explicit goal of such pilgrimages in the Tibetan Buddhist canon is to pray for the well-being and happiness of others. There is a destination (or destinations) for the journey, but the real destination is the inner sanctum in which one gives oneself over to the practice of journeying itself. This film is a glimpse into a different way of doing and being than those with which we are familiar. It is definitely worth a look.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the phrase “Journey without Goal”
  2. explain the difference between the paramita (transcendant virtue) of exertion and ordinary effort
  3. define the sense of journey (or lack thereof) in their own lives.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:00 EDT Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:00 EDT Mindfulness for Cancer -

Mindfulness for Cancer

Mar 13 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a two-hour online course on Mindfulness for Cancer

 

 

Mindfulness for Cancer: Online Course
Tuesday March 13th, 2018
2pm-4pm EST (7pm-9pm GMT)
Cost: 28$
 
This two-hour web-based workshop will introduce the key ways mindfulness can help you or a loved one experience calm and wellbeing, even in the midst of illness. Through a combination of teaching, meditation practice, and group disussion, this interactive session will proide an overview on how mindfulness can help:
 
  • Reconnect with our bodies, which can provide a place of grounding and support in times of distress
  • Cope with difficult emotions with more awareness, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear
  • Bring more awareness to the inner dialogues, beliefs, stories and worries that might be perpetuating anxiety
  • Develop heart-opening practices of forgiveness, kindness and compassion that help ease inner tension
  • Learn how to redisover and redirect your attention toward the things that really matter to you in order to live well, even with cancer.

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Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress -

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress

Mar 20 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Mar 27 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:15 EDT Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:15 EDT Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course - 8 Week Course -

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course - 8 Week Course

Mar 28 - 5:15pm

Tom Pedulla, LICSW will lead an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course:
 
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course
Begins Wednesday March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:15pm
The Center for Integrative Healing, 23 Main St. Watertown, MA
 
In this 8-week MBCT/Boston program, you'll learn a variety of ways to use mindfulness -- which we define as non-judgmental awareness of your experience in the present moment -- to work with the painful thoughts, feelings and physical sensations associated with depression, anxiety, and other forms of distress. By pracaticing mindfulness in the group and at home, you can start relating to these unpleasant experiences with more acceptance and ease, instead of with denial, avoidance, and other habitual, self-defeating reactions. In the process, you can prevent them from spiraling into full-blown depression and anxiety.
 
Please contact Tom Pedulla for more information or to register at 617-803-0951 or tpedulla@comcast.net 
 
Or if you’d like to read a little about MBCT first, here’s a link to a website I set up with more information about the program: http://www.mbctboston.com

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:30 EDT Trauma Sensitive Yoga -

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Apr 2 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

April 2, 2018


Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
David Schouela and Emily Lapolice, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
Location: Harvard - Bock Room, 6th floor, Smith Campus Center, Harvard University, 75 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138 

Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensation (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TC-TSY was recently listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga, followed by time for Q&A.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
  2. explain how TC-TSY differs from other forms of yoga
  3. describe how TC-TSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings.

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind and heart. More information can be found at http://www.rightmindyoga.com

Emily Lapolice is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), certified yoga instructor, and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) working in private practice in Arlington, MA. Emily is a trauma therapist who specializes in work with adult trauma survivors, as well as anxiety, depression, general stress management, and has a special interest in perinatal mental health. Along with working in private practice, Emily is a supervisor in the TCTSY certification program at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, where she is also a yoga teacher for the women’s TCTSY classes. Emily integrates yoga and mindfulness into her therapeutic work with clients. More information can be found at www.iwtherapies.com.

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 3 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 10 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:00 EDT The Salesman -

The Salesman

Apr 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

April 14, 2018
The Salesman
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoost
Directed by Asgar Farhadi, 2016
125 minutes
Discussant: Susan Pollak. Ed. D.

Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, this movie is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the atavistic themes of the film and how these are reflected in society
  2. identify what Farhadi trying to say about the demands of masculinity
  3. identify the theme of the vulnerability of both sexes.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 17 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00 EDT Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:00 EDT Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat -

Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat

Apr 23 - 5:00pm to Apr 27 - 2:00pm

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a Mindfulness with Cancer retreat

 

 

Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat
Monday April 23, 2018 - Friday April 27, 2018
The Whidbey Institute, Cinton, WA (island off of Seattle)
 
In this five-day retreat, you will be introduced to the transformative healing practices of mindfulness and stress reduction; the ancient discipline of Qigong and opportunities for self-reflection and exloration through expressive arts. You will learn tools that help transform fear and anxiety, boost immunity, build resilience and help you cope better with stress. Both body and soul will be rejuventated with delicious, locally sourced organic food; acres of unspoiled peaceful forest; and the gift of the nurturing, supportive community we create together. 

For more information, or to register, visit https://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/awake-alive/

 

 

 

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 24 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 01 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 01 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 1 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Sat, 05 May 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 05 May 2018 22:00 EDT Paterson -

Paterson

May 5 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

May 5, 2018
Paterson
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2016
115 minutes
Discussant: Chris Willard, Psy. D.

This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine. He drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, this film, which helps us look more closely at the world around us, is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how daily life can become a practice of mindfulness
  2. identify what we can learn from Paterson’s attitude toward loss
  3. explain what William Carlos Williams’ meant when he said that poetry is “equipment for living, a necessary guide amid the bewilderments of life.”

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Mon, 07 May 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 07 May 2018 20:30 EDT Making Mindfulness Accessible -

Making Mindfulness Accessible

May 7 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

May 7, 2018


Making Mindfulness Accessible
Tara Marie Healey, MEd
location: CMC see address above

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Because of this there is a risk of watering down and losing the essence, meaning and value of this ancient and profound practice. What exactly is mindfulness and where does meditation fit in? How does one introduce practices in corporate or other non-traditional settings? And finally, what are the best practices, what should be avoided when introducing mindfulness in different environments and what resources support ongoing development and practice?

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe and define mindfulness and meditation
  2. identify 3 values regarding your professional self-care and prevention of occupational hazards
  3. describe at least 2 mindset shifts that can help facilitate integration of self-care into your professional and personal life
  4. identify 3 self-care practices that could be seamlessly integrated into your workday.

In addition to holding an M.Ed. in Health Education and having over 20 years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and an advocate for the health benefits associated with practice. The comprehensive suite of mindfulness courses developed by Tara have been conducted at over 150 organizations, reaching over 10,000 individuals. Additionally Tara has spoken at numerous events domestic and abroad and has contributed to articles to Mindful Magazine and the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Tue, 08 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 08 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 8 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 15 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 15 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 15 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:30 EDT Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients -

Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients

Jun 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

June 4, 2018


Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients
Barbara Van Zoeren, MSW, LICSW
location: Harvard see address above

In this presentation we will discuss ways in which we can work more effectively with our clients' challenging behaviors. We will discuss ways to incorporate our own mindful awareness in ways that enable a better understanding and response to our clients’ intentions and actions in the clinical relationship. We will examine key stylistic strategies and assumptions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that make more effective and compassionate interventions. By applying specific strategies and effective framing of collaborative treatment goals, we can empower clients to see themselves with less judgment and understand their impact on others in the world, often a major cause of their suffering.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe some basic attitudes and practices that might increase the probability of successful treatment
  2. identify some acceptance-based assumptions about clients that have been found helpful for both the therapist and the client
  3. explain the concept of "radical genuineness" and other validation strategies that help when treating emotionally vulnerable clients

Barbara Van Zoeren LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Arlington MA. Her particular areas of interest are in borderline personality disorder, developmental trauma and mindfulness. She is a trained and experienced Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician and supervises and consults to clinicians and families regarding clients and/or loved ones with BPD. Barbara completed the IMP's Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009 and has practiced Vipassana meditation and incorporated mindfulness into her work since then. She also currently teaches a mindfulness course at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work, and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice both explicitly and implicitly, with all her clients and students.

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Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:00 EST Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter? -

Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter?

Jan 26 - 5:00pm to Jan 28 - 2:00pm

Suffering: How do we Understand it and Why Does it Matter?
January 26th - January 28th, 2018
Barre Center For Buddhist Studies
149 Lockewood Rd.
Barre, MA 01005
Registration Information
 
While we all know suffernig when we see it, there are countless ways of understanding its causes. Some of these are shared and formal, such as those found in medicine, psychology and Wester religious traditions, and many are private and idiosyncratic to every one of us. How we understand suffering critically shapes the way we respond to it. In this course, we will explore a range of accounts of suffering, including how our understanding is shaped by personal history, culture, science and personality, with particular attention tot he underlying assumptions about suffering found in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. We will then explore the Buddha's formulation for the origin and cessation of suffering. Every 'great tradition' has some cornerstone truth, and the First Noble Truth of Suffering is one such foundational axiom of Buddhist thought and practice: If we are born, we are inevitably subject to suffering, and yet it is the experience everyone is most motivated to escape. In this, suffering becomes a central and enduring problem for all of us. Through readings, conversation, lecture, and practice, we will explore these various formulations, in order to open up broader avenues for understanding - and responding to - suffering. Wile this course has relevance for mental health practicitions and other caregivers, enrollment is open to all.

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:30 EST Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit -

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit

Jan 27 - 9:00am to Jan 28 - 4:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men

a two-day benefit for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

presented by Chris Germer and Daniel Ellenberg

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm; and Sunday, Jan 28, 10:00am - 4:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

This workshop, designed specifically for men, is a two-day, condensed version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion. The workshop will be taught by Chris and Daniel Ellenberg, a trained MSC teacher and expert in men’s psychology.

Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with respect and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced achievement motivation, a sense of wellbeing, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom. Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships.

Self-compassion is not a lot of work—it’s about letting go of the stress that we invisibly and inevitably add to our daily lives. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

 

8 Good Reasons to Attend this Workshop

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to practice self-compassion in your daily life
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Strategies for living close to your core values
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
  • Self-compassion skills that can be taught to clients

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for men of any background who wish to integrate self-compassion into their personal and/or professional lives. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

 

Registration

To register, please click here. Fees: $295 general admission; $200 IMP member or graduate student with ID (Limited student spots available). Any profit from this workshop will be donated to support the good work of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
2. Understand the benefits of self-compassion for men and overcome unique obstacles to practicing self-compassion
3. Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system, and explain the scientific rationale for concentration meditation.
4. Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion.
5. Practice loving-kindness meditation for emotional wellbeing
6. Describe the role of self-criticism in anxiety and depression and practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism.
7. Define and recognize personal core values, and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
8. Practice self-compassion strategies to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
9. Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate caregiving fatigue
10. Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients

 

FACULTY:


 Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

 



Mugshots/Germer%20portrait%20rectang%20high%20res,%20Feb%202017%20copy.jpgChristopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Continuing education credit hours are available with no extra charge for all ticket levels. For more CE information, please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.5 hours of credit for the full course. 

 


NBCC approved provider logoLicensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 11.5 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. 

 

Nurses: This program carries 11.5 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Application for professional continuing education has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of MAMFT CE accreditation.

 

LOCATION: Arlington Center, Arlington, MA. 781-316-0282 ~ www.arlingtoncenter.org. Please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy with any questions.

 

Suggested Reading:

The following books are recommended, but not required:

  • Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion . New York: Guilford Press.

  • Neff, K. (2011). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow

 

 

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:00 EST Heal the Living -

Heal the Living

Feb 3 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

February 3, 2018
Heal The Living
Starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval
Directed by Katell Quillévére, 2016
103 minutes
Discussant: Tom Pedula, LICSW

A dreamy young surfer’s catastrophic early morning accident shatters a family, yet somehow bestows the gift of life and hope to others in this keenly felt, much acclaimed film by Katell Quillévéré. Heal The Living goes to the heart of a life: its terrifying fragility matched by the strength of its pulsing connections. At once elegant and raw, this remarkable film powerfully imparts the dharma of memento mori…et vitae.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify emotional conflicts and challenges particular to heart disease and organ transplantation
  2. contrast how individuals, their families, and caregivers experience and cope with death
  3. compare their experiences with Buddhist practices, especially death contemplation and urgency.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:30 EST The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting -

The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting

Feb 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 5, 2018


The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting
Doug Worthen, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

8 years ago the Middlesex School began integrating mindfulness into their school community by hiring a part-time mindfulness teacher. After a few years this position grew into a full-time position that is dedicated to sharing mindfulness with students, teachers, parents, staff, and alumni. Learn how this model has impacted the Middlesex community and why other schools may want to hire similar positions.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. learn the different ways mindfulness is coming into independent and public schools
  2. understand the basics of a School Mindfulness Program
  3. describe about the different ways mindfulness is taught to students, athletes, faculty, staff, and parents.

Doug Worthen is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Since 2010 he has been supporting and educating the Middlesex School community (students, faculty, staff, parents, and alums) in mindfulness. Doug began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1999 as a member of the UVA national championship lacrosse team and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Living through two bouts of lymphoma, including a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Doug has experienced firsthand the healing power of mindfulness. Doug has attended several 1-3 month-long mindfulness retreats, is a faculty member of the iBme Teacher Training, and is dedicated to supporting other schools in creating full-time mindfulness faculty positions.

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Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:00 EST Being Together: The Art of Loving -

Being Together: The Art of Loving

Mar 3 - 9:00am to Mar 4 - 5:00pm

Rich & Antra Borofsky will lead a Mindfulness Couples Workshop:

 

 
Being Together: The Art of Loving
Mindfulness Practices for Couples
Saturday March 3, 2018 & Sunday March 4, 2018
9am-5pm
Cambridge, MA
Cost: 700$ per couple
 

The art of loving is the art of bringing our best, most present, and cherishing attention to ourselves and our partner moment by moment.  Learning how to do this consistently and skillfully under all conditions requires dedication, courage and practice.  This weekend is a precious opportunity to receive inspiration, encouragement, and coaching in the intimate art of being together mindfully.

In the workshop we create an environment which is safe and ample enough to hold the whole human truth of who you both are--your  strengths, your vulnerabilities, your courage, your fears, your faith, and your doubts.  

Our aim is to help you renew and deepen your love for each other and to transform whatever hurts, disappointments, and resentments you have accumulated into a more passionate, trusting, compassionate, and sustainable connection.     

We will share with you the heart of what we have learned from being a couple for 47 years and couple therapists for over 35 years and will teach you some elegantly simple mindfulness exercises that when practiced over time, cultivate a deep sense of connection and aliveness.

Our workshop includes humor and music as well as talk, demonstrations, experiential exercises and group sharing. It is open to all couples--young or old, married or unmarried, straight or gay --who are eager to learn more about the intimate art of loving one another.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Rich & Antra Borofsky at Borofskys@borofsky.net or 617-661-7890

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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:30 EST Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma -

Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma

Mar 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

March 5, 2018
Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma
Christopher Willard, PsyD
location: CMC see address above

There's an old joke that karma does not mean that cutting someone off in traffic means you won't find a good parking spot. But what if it does? In this talk, expanded from Chris's recent TEDx talk, we will explore more deeply the neuroscience, social science and even genetic science behind mindful and compassionate action. If “Karma” is a spiritual concept about of cause and effect, we will examine the ways that compassionate actions can "go viral" and ripple outwards through social contagion effects. We will also consider how compassion action can change us inwardly through neuroplasticity and influence future generations via epigenetics. Finally, we will discuss new social psychology research on "downstream and upstream reciprocity," which may have implications for how we perceive and feel about the world around us, and how our actions can ripple back to us, in what is essentially a statistical model of “what goes around comes around.” Looking more closely at how our behavior impacts ourselves, and the world, and how the world impacts us, we may well discover how you drive actually does affect whether you get that coveted parking spot.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the social psychology of behavioral contagion and upstream reciprocity
  2. learn about current research in the science of compassion and generosity
  3. understand how epigenetics may play a role in behavior and mental health

 

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness, education, and psychotherapy. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017), and various other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:00 EST Paths of the Soul -

Paths of the Soul

Mar 10 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

March 10, 2018
Paths of the Soul
With Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo, Renqing Wangyal, Dawa Tashi, Jiangcuo Wangdui, Rigzin Jigme, Mu Qu, Gyatso, Dingzi Dengda, Suolang Nima
Directed by Zhang Yang, 2015
115 minutes
Discussant: Meghan Searl, Psy. D.

Journeying in all kinds of weather for 750 miles across the Tibetan plateau for seven months on a pilgrimage to Lhasa is a good definition of demanding. Doing full prostrations—literally diving onto the ground while sliding forward on thick wooden blocks that protect the hands and full aprons of animal skin that protect the torso—well, that accentuates the definition. Each prostration entails three preliminary claps of the hands—signs of taking refuge in the “Three Jewels” of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha while one simultaneously and silently speaks words of refuge to oneself. The entire journey, therefore, is made largely without talking during the actual periods of travel. And yet, this film depicts a journey that is unparalleled in its ordinariness. These are ordinary Tibetans doing what their forebears have ordinarily done for generations. And for what? The explicit goal of such pilgrimages in the Tibetan Buddhist canon is to pray for the well-being and happiness of others. There is a destination (or destinations) for the journey, but the real destination is the inner sanctum in which one gives oneself over to the practice of journeying itself. This film is a glimpse into a different way of doing and being than those with which we are familiar. It is definitely worth a look.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the phrase “Journey without Goal”
  2. explain the difference between the paramita (transcendant virtue) of exertion and ordinary effort
  3. define the sense of journey (or lack thereof) in their own lives.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:00 EDT Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:00 EDT Mindfulness for Cancer -

Mindfulness for Cancer

Mar 13 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a two-hour online course on Mindfulness for Cancer

 

 

Mindfulness for Cancer: Online Course
Tuesday March 13th, 2018
2pm-4pm EST (7pm-9pm GMT)
Cost: 28$
 
This two-hour web-based workshop will introduce the key ways mindfulness can help you or a loved one experience calm and wellbeing, even in the midst of illness. Through a combination of teaching, meditation practice, and group disussion, this interactive session will proide an overview on how mindfulness can help:
 
  • Reconnect with our bodies, which can provide a place of grounding and support in times of distress
  • Cope with difficult emotions with more awareness, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear
  • Bring more awareness to the inner dialogues, beliefs, stories and worries that might be perpetuating anxiety
  • Develop heart-opening practices of forgiveness, kindness and compassion that help ease inner tension
  • Learn how to redisover and redirect your attention toward the things that really matter to you in order to live well, even with cancer.

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Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress -

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress

Mar 20 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Mar 27 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:15 EDT Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:15 EDT Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course - 8 Week Course -

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course - 8 Week Course

Mar 28 - 5:15pm

Tom Pedulla, LICSW will lead an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course:
 
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course
Begins Wednesday March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:15pm
The Center for Integrative Healing, 23 Main St. Watertown, MA
 
In this 8-week MBCT/Boston program, you'll learn a variety of ways to use mindfulness -- which we define as non-judgmental awareness of your experience in the present moment -- to work with the painful thoughts, feelings and physical sensations associated with depression, anxiety, and other forms of distress. By pracaticing mindfulness in the group and at home, you can start relating to these unpleasant experiences with more acceptance and ease, instead of with denial, avoidance, and other habitual, self-defeating reactions. In the process, you can prevent them from spiraling into full-blown depression and anxiety.
 
Please contact Tom Pedulla for more information or to register at 617-803-0951 or tpedulla@comcast.net 
 
Or if you’d like to read a little about MBCT first, here’s a link to a website I set up with more information about the program: http://www.mbctboston.com

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:30 EDT Trauma Sensitive Yoga -

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Apr 2 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

April 2, 2018


Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
David Schouela and Emily Lapolice, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
Location: Harvard - Bock Room, 6th floor, Smith Campus Center, Harvard University, 75 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138 

Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensation (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TC-TSY was recently listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga, followed by time for Q&A.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
  2. explain how TC-TSY differs from other forms of yoga
  3. describe how TC-TSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings.

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind and heart. More information can be found at http://www.rightmindyoga.com

Emily Lapolice is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), certified yoga instructor, and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) working in private practice in Arlington, MA. Emily is a trauma therapist who specializes in work with adult trauma survivors, as well as anxiety, depression, general stress management, and has a special interest in perinatal mental health. Along with working in private practice, Emily is a supervisor in the TCTSY certification program at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, where she is also a yoga teacher for the women’s TCTSY classes. Emily integrates yoga and mindfulness into her therapeutic work with clients. More information can be found at www.iwtherapies.com.

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 3 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 10 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:00 EDT The Salesman -

The Salesman

Apr 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

April 14, 2018
The Salesman
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoost
Directed by Asgar Farhadi, 2016
125 minutes
Discussant: Susan Pollak. Ed. D.

Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, this movie is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the atavistic themes of the film and how these are reflected in society
  2. identify what Farhadi trying to say about the demands of masculinity
  3. identify the theme of the vulnerability of both sexes.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 17 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00 EDT Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:00 EDT Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat -

Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat

Apr 23 - 5:00pm to Apr 27 - 2:00pm

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a Mindfulness with Cancer retreat

 

 

Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat
Monday April 23, 2018 - Friday April 27, 2018
The Whidbey Institute, Cinton, WA (island off of Seattle)
 
In this five-day retreat, you will be introduced to the transformative healing practices of mindfulness and stress reduction; the ancient discipline of Qigong and opportunities for self-reflection and exloration through expressive arts. You will learn tools that help transform fear and anxiety, boost immunity, build resilience and help you cope better with stress. Both body and soul will be rejuventated with delicious, locally sourced organic food; acres of unspoiled peaceful forest; and the gift of the nurturing, supportive community we create together. 

For more information, or to register, visit https://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/awake-alive/

 

 

 

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

Apr 24 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 01 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 01 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 1 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Sat, 05 May 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 05 May 2018 22:00 EDT Paterson -

Paterson

May 5 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

May 5, 2018
Paterson
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2016
115 minutes
Discussant: Chris Willard, Psy. D.

This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine. He drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, this film, which helps us look more closely at the world around us, is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how daily life can become a practice of mindfulness
  2. identify what we can learn from Paterson’s attitude toward loss
  3. explain what William Carlos Williams’ meant when he said that poetry is “equipment for living, a necessary guide amid the bewilderments of life.”

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Mon, 07 May 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 07 May 2018 20:30 EDT Making Mindfulness Accessible -

Making Mindfulness Accessible

May 7 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

May 7, 2018


Making Mindfulness Accessible
Tara Marie Healey, MEd
location: CMC see address above

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Because of this there is a risk of watering down and losing the essence, meaning and value of this ancient and profound practice. What exactly is mindfulness and where does meditation fit in? How does one introduce practices in corporate or other non-traditional settings? And finally, what are the best practices, what should be avoided when introducing mindfulness in different environments and what resources support ongoing development and practice?

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe and define mindfulness and meditation
  2. identify 3 values regarding your professional self-care and prevention of occupational hazards
  3. describe at least 2 mindset shifts that can help facilitate integration of self-care into your professional and personal life
  4. identify 3 self-care practices that could be seamlessly integrated into your workday.

In addition to holding an M.Ed. in Health Education and having over 20 years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and an advocate for the health benefits associated with practice. The comprehensive suite of mindfulness courses developed by Tara have been conducted at over 150 organizations, reaching over 10,000 individuals. Additionally Tara has spoken at numerous events domestic and abroad and has contributed to articles to Mindful Magazine and the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Tue, 08 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 08 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 8 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Tue, 15 May 2018 17:30 EDT Tue, 15 May 2018 19:00 EDT Buddha Mind Skills Group -

Buddha Mind Skills Group

May 15 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

 

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:30 EDT Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients -

Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients

Jun 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

June 4, 2018


Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients
Barbara Van Zoeren, MSW, LICSW
location: Harvard see address above

In this presentation we will discuss ways in which we can work more effectively with our clients' challenging behaviors. We will discuss ways to incorporate our own mindful awareness in ways that enable a better understanding and response to our clients’ intentions and actions in the clinical relationship. We will examine key stylistic strategies and assumptions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that make more effective and compassionate interventions. By applying specific strategies and effective framing of collaborative treatment goals, we can empower clients to see themselves with less judgment and understand their impact on others in the world, often a major cause of their suffering.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe some basic attitudes and practices that might increase the probability of successful treatment
  2. identify some acceptance-based assumptions about clients that have been found helpful for both the therapist and the client
  3. explain the concept of "radical genuineness" and other validation strategies that help when treating emotionally vulnerable clients

Barbara Van Zoeren LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Arlington MA. Her particular areas of interest are in borderline personality disorder, developmental trauma and mindfulness. She is a trained and experienced Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician and supervises and consults to clinicians and families regarding clients and/or loved ones with BPD. Barbara completed the IMP's Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009 and has practiced Vipassana meditation and incorporated mindfulness into her work since then. She also currently teaches a mindfulness course at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work, and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice both explicitly and implicitly, with all her clients and students.

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