Growing Up Isn’t Easy Facing Impermanence

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 20, Growing Up Isn’t Easy Facing Impermanence,” Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

Video lecture
The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Jul 2, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

In this lecture, you will learn about how to use mindfulness practices to become more aware of impermanence and how greater well-being can result. Although most people don’t like to focus on the difficult topics of aging and death, facing them can also be tremendously liberating. Mindfulness practices can help us to see things as they actually are, loosen our preoccupation with a separate self, and experience the richness of the moments we still have while we can. Topics: The Challenges of Aging; Facing Death. Questions to consider:

1. In what ways throughout your life, and even today, have you found yourself living for the future?

2. Spend a few moments considering the five subjects for frequent reflection found in Buddhist traditions. How might you live today differently if you were fully aware that change including illness, death, and loss was inevitable?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, 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.


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