Tailoring Practices to Fit Changing Needs
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 8, Tailoring Practices to Fit Changing Needs, on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.
The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Apr 9, 5:30pm
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
Now that you have been exposed to a variety of different mindfulness and compassion practices, it will be helpful to step back and look at when each of the various techniques might be most useful to use. In this lecture you are going to learn about how to choose among the different mindfulness practices that you have been exploring and how to modify the practices to fit your particular needs. You will learn how seven decisions can be helpful in modifying your practices to work with the situation at hand. Topics covered in this lecture are The Seven Decisions; Mindfulness Skill; Formal vs Informal Practice Objects of Attention; Religious vs Secular Practice; Narrative vs Experiential Mode; Relative vs Absolute Truth, and Turning Toward Safety vs Sharp Points.
Questions to consider:
1. What have you noticed in your meditation practice about the relationship among focused attention (concentration), open monitoring (mindfulness per se), and acceptance (loving-kindness, self-compassion, and equanimity) practices? When do you feel one or another is more helpful?
2. Can you identify times in your life when mindfulness practices aimed at cultivating safety and stability would be more useful, versus times when turning toward the sharp points would be more helpful?
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. Dr. 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.