Silent Meditation Practice (07:05)
Jack Kornfield leads the participants in a mindfulness exercise before beginning his lecture. Listen to what your body or heart might be trying to tell you.
Personal History: Trudy Goodman (07:57)
People may need to undergo psychotherapy in order to meditate. Goodman recalls attending a conference at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. Everyone wants to feel connected to the rest of the universe.
The Therapist and Secondary Traumas (09:04)
Clients sit quietly for a few minutes before a session to quiet the outside noise of the world. Kornfield describes several instances when mindfulness helped with secondary traumas. Psychologists have difficulty processing what they hear.
Exercises for Fear and Anger (08:51)
Goodman describes a patient who returned after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer who improved after employing a loving kindness meditation practice. The psychologist wrote "Mindfulness and Psychotherapy" after a client confronted her for not teaching meditation as a resource.
Mindful Questions to Ask the Client (04:33)
Teach different practices to clients. Eastern and Western medicine are being used in conjunction. Questions that can be asked include "where do you feel that in your body," "how is that for you," and "is it hot, cold, or throbbing?"
Naming and Acknowledging Experiences (10:00)
In order to comprehend the liberating power of mindfulness one must experience the content, the unfixed nature of life, and the search for identity. Kornfield describes helping a client who experienced so much rage that she wanted to kill everyone. Expand the window of tolerance and trust the emotions gleaned.
Consciousness comes from the head and the heart. Taking a step backwards increases an individual's receptivity. Contemplative practice increases the plasticity of the brain.
Loving Kindness Practice (13:34)
The audience stands up and stretches. Goodman guides participants in a practice that offers blessings, love, and thanks to one's body. The Dalai Lama advocates focusing on the release from suffering instead of the pain itself.
Using Gratitude and Appreciation to Help Heal (17:23)
Experience the consciousness of an entity by shifting the focus of attention. Life flows between wisdom and love. The Dalai Lama emphasizes concentrating on wellbeing and joy; people identify with their suffering.
Q&A: Trauma Within Communities (07:29)
A floor of the African-American Museum of History and Culture is dedicated to how the community showed resilience after lynchings and terrorism. Creating a ritual space helps individual's tell their stories.
Q&A: Working on Internal vs. External Relationships (02:43)
When in a mindful place, there is no split or separation.
Q&A: Using Mindfulness (07:35)
Mindfulness is portrayed as a technique and not attached to any spiritual value. Kornfield discusses ethical values behind teaching the practice. Japan, Burma, Thailand, and Tibet have already watered down mindfulness.
Q&A: Zen Training (05:34)
Awakening and Kensho are difficult experiences to achieve. Meditation does not automatically lead to it. People long to feel a larger sense of self.
The Joy Practice (02:24)
Kornfield leads the participants in a meditation.
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