Compulsive Thinking, Concentration & Equanimity

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Compulsive Thinking, Concentration & Equanimity
with Matthew Brensilver
Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Meditation practice cultivates a diverse set of attentional, emotional and introspective skills.

Central to the practice of mindfulness is the stabilization of attention. But before our attention stabilizes, practice can be overstimulating.

This talk will explore the process through which the mind comes to rest. In developing this steadiness, equanimity (the capacity to fully permit the flow of both pleasure and pain) is a vital skill.

We will see how concentration and equanimity reinforce each other and support a deeper understanding of ourselves. And how this stability, in turn, makes space for the heart to respond with joy and compassion.

This evening program will include a 45 minute guided meditation, a dharma talk on the above subject and time for community and discussion. Practitioners of all skill levels are welcome!


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Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, serves on the Guiding Teachers Committee and Board of Directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was previously Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Each summer, he lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center on the intersections between mindfulness, science and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of two books about meditation during adolescence. Info available here:

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