The Science of Mindfulness
By Frank Simons
The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 6, Attention and Empathy in Relationships, Thursday, March 26, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 6, Attention and Empathy in Relationships
Thu, Mar 26, 5:30pm
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
In this lecture, you are going to explore the area where mindfulness practices are evolving most rapidly and are going farthest beyond their roots in Buddhist psychology as they are being taken up by Westerners and applyied to interpersonal relationships. Specifically, you will learn how mindfulness practices can help you develop attention, empathy, open-mindedness, and acceptance — all of which are critical when you are trying to cultivate and maintain relationships. Subject areas this week are: Attention; Empathy; Open-mindedness, and Acceptance.
Questions to consider:
1. In what ways have you found that believing in your thoughts or perspectives can get in the way of connecting closely with others?
2. What is empathy, and what is the mechanism that enables us humans to feel empathy for one another?
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.