Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

November 02, 2019|12:15pm

In this workshop we will explore and experience the ways in which our inner subjective lives, our interpersonal relationships, and our objective empirical knowledge can be woven together to illuminate the importance for meaning, connection, and equanimity in our lives. We’ll explore the notion that the mind may be an “emergent process” that arises from energy and information flow. Seeing the mind this way will help us illuminate the nature of consciousness and the central role of being aware, of being present in life. Linking differentiated elements into a coherent whole is what integration is—and integration may be at the heart of well-being. Our workshop will provide the setting for integrating consciousness itself with a Wheel of Awareness practice in which we will differentiate the knowns of consciousness on the rim of a metaphoric wheel from the knowing in the hub and systematically link them with a spoke of attention. Come join me in this exploration of well-being in our lives!

We’ll dive deeply into the nature of presence, and how learning a reflective practice such as the Wheel of Awareness can build the mental skills of focused attention, open awareness, and kind intention that research suggests are three pillars of mind training that have been empirically shown to cultivate important aspects of social, psychological, and physiological flourishing.

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Location: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305