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For centuries, the study of the Tibetan Buddhist Mandala has been used to broaden our awareness of our natural world, which helps us to connect to all living beings.
Each section of the mandala represents one of the four cardinal directions, plus the center. There is a color, an element, a negative emotion, and a wisdom experience associated with each one. Through meditative practice, we have the ability to transform these negative emotions into wisdom experiences. Anger converts to mirror-like wisdom (reflecting calmness), pride to equanimity, greed to investigative wisdom, jealousy to all-accomplishment and ignorance to pure openness.
The more we learn about the mandala, the more we see how these aspects of our world can come together to change a life mired in mundane existence into one inspired by both the beauty of our external world and the deep peacefulness within ourselves.
Check out this intro video about transforming negative emotions from our Director Rosalyn White.
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Back by popular demand, Wisdom in the Workplace will be offered January 20-22, 2017, right in time to help you with your professional New Years resolutions! This retreat will will give you the practical tools and information needed to foster wisdom, compassion and well-being in the workplace in order to increase both personal and professional success.
We welcome back the wonderful Shani Robbins, Ph.D, and Deborah Price, to guide us in wisdom skills, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, humility, and ego transcendence, which have been scientifically proven to help lead to reduced stress, higher satisfaction and increased productivity and profitability.
Click Here for a free Webinar introductory seminar for the retreat.
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by Rochelle Jaffe, M.S. Co-Leader of the Awakening Self-Compassion Retreat
“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” –Chris Germer
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence . . . Click below to see the complete article.
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October is a perfect month to learn about self-care: work starts ramping up the stress after summer vacations, the holidays are soon approaching with feasts and sweet treats. Health care providers understand the importance of healthy eating, exercise and stress-reduction, that is why we are offering a retreat with continuing education credits on just that!
Our retreat Creating Wellness, Finding Balance October 17-19 is designed to both help you create positive lifestyle habits while also teaching you how to share these skills with your patients. And all while you are at the beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center in the redwoods, a short hike to the ocean, what a great way to get away!
We were so excited to host Melina Meza and Dr. Sachin Deshmukh during our Healing the Body, Freeing the Mind retreat August 29-September 1! Both are experts in the field of Ayurveda and taught retreat participants ways to stay balanced and healthy using this ancient and effective science. The retreat was well attended and very well received. Attendees left with a strong motivation to incorporate what they learned here including meditation practices, healthy eating, and balanced living.
Ayurveda, which means “science of life” in Sanskrit, is based on the premise that everything in the universe, including the human body, is comprised of five basic elements: earth, wind, fire, water and space. It is a preventative medicine designed to keep you healthy.
An upcoming retreat to watch for is Healing the Body, Freeing the Mind in Spring 2017. Join our mailing list to be informed once the dates are set.