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Mindfulness And Compassion Series Offered At The Park City Library

Mindfulness and Compassion

A six-week mindfulness series offered in Park City next month can help bring greater awareness, acceptance, compassion and peace when facing difficult life issues.

The six week series on Mindfulness and Compassion is being offered by Rebecca Brenner starting May 7th at the Park City Library. She’s an author and mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker and practitioner. Through journaling, discussion and practice, she hopes to introduce tools for people to use when facing difficult life issues.

The program will introduce the concept of bringing compassion into a daily mindfulness practice.

“Well, a lot of times when we come to mindfulness, we’re learning about being present.  And sometimes a lot of the focus is on that. Be present.  Be present.  Be present. But a lot of times when we start to learn how to be skillfully present a lot comes up.

We start to see a lot more clearly in our own minds, our own hearts. We see some challenges maybe in our relationships, our work. Compassion really is the fuel that allows us to sustain our attention on what is because without compassion for what we're finding we might want to turn away or run or overwork or overeat or whatever ways that we try to escape from what actually is."

Brenner says mindfulness is different from meditation.

“Meditation is kind of a catch all word because there's all sorts of different meditations that can include visualizations, relaxation, that come from all sorts of different lineages or even that can be housed within religious content. And mindfulness is a really specific cognitive skill we're developing. So, it's this practice of finding our capacity to have conscious volition over our attention and so again and again and again and again, we're noticing when we've lost that volition. We've gone into that default mode of being caught up in thinking and then we practice like a push up bringing our attention out of that River of thinking and back into the present moment.”

She will teach people how to incorporate the practice of mindfulness in everyday life.

“But it happens in my relationships, my parenting, my work. So, I want to be able to share that with students so that they feel really confident at the end of the 6 weeks in ways that they can bring mindfulness and compassion into their everyday experience. Right? It's like oh I'm suffering and instead of numbing out I'm going to bring a lot of compassion and presence to my suffering and I'm going to let myself be with it for a few moments. And then maybe down the line is, I can be with it for half an hour or maybe I can be with it for an hour and really start to bring compassion and clear seeing as to why we want to check out what's happening inside of us that makes us want to check out. Into really kind of get at the root of it instead of soothing ourselves with something.”

Brenner says when people learn how to sit with their struggles, they gain a deeper sense of well-being.

The series starts May 7th, runs for six weeks every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 o’clock at the Park City Library in room 201. It’s $225.00 and if interested, contact Rebecca Brenner at: rebeccasbrenner@gmail.com. 

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