It is often said that resilience and compassion are key qualities during the kind of difficult times many of us are experiencing in the Northern Rivers at the moment.
But how do we actually cultivate these qualities if they don’t ‘magically’ appear?
Doubtless there are many different paths to this destination, but one which is both well-researched and well-trodden is mindfulness.
Mindfulness is perhaps more of a map than a specific a path – covering dozens of different practices from multiple traditions.
The work of psychologist and teacher Malcolm Huxter is mindfulness that is tailor-made for the present time – combining traditional Buddhist meditation practices with the insights of contemporary neuroscience and psychology.
‘Considering climate change and the current natural disasters we all need to act with compassion and wisdom,’ Mr Huxter said.
‘The internal work of meditation can provide the discernment, resolve and grounded courage that we need to work in the world effectively and powerfully.’
Huxter and fellow psychologist Lisa Brown (who is also a yoga teacher and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator) will be running a two-day workshop on November 30 and December 1 to help people cultivate this type of mindfulness.
It will focus on cultivating serenity, equanimity (centred resilience), appreciation and the qualities of warmth, friendliness and compassion.
The primary aims of the workshop are to provide ways to develop, nourish and nurture these skills and qualities over time as well as being able to use them as wholesome strategies in our every day interactions and activities.
In recognition of the current challenges facing the world, the organisers and teachers of the workshop are offering heavily discounted tickets for up to four local environmental activists.
To apply for one of these discounted places, contact Greg Owens, [email protected]
The workshop runs from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm both days, with an optional yoga session with Lisa each day at no extra cost from 7.45 am – 9 am.
Regular tickets for the workshop are $290 for both days and $170 for either day. This includes lunches (vegetarian/vegan) and refreshments.
For booking and info see : www.byronbaymeditationcentre.com.au or contact Greg on 0431747764.