For centuries, we have tried different ways to improve happiness and reduce suffering. Recent breakthroughs in brain-scanning now enable us to ‘see’ which areas of the brain are activated by emotions and worry and observe the positive effect of mindfulness. In this experiential weekend we will get to know the brain better using simple models and diagrams and try out for ourselves the beneficial process of turning on and off different areas. As we regain control of our minds, we regain the power to deal with suffering as it arises.
*Introduction to the brain-models and paying attention to one sense at a time. *The relationship between ‘mindfulness’ and Working-Memory. * Memories: how they are formed, how to prevent them forming and ways to reduce the power of existing unpleasant memories. *Insight: the experience we have when an idea or solution suddenly ‘pops’ into our mind. *Ethics. Where are ‘morals’ in the brain? Are morals essential to happiness? Natural ethics.
Alongside studying ‘how the brain works’, we will be practicing both traditional and new mindfulness practices, giving us tangible tools and techniques to take home into our daily lives. Booking now open. Led by Mike Bell, supported by Abi Marchent