Inner Light: Opening the Senses to Beauty
Saturday, April 8
10 am – 1 pm
Mind seems to have an affinity for beauty, no matter what our definition of beauty may be. Beauty, in turn, bathes the mind in joy. In this workshop, we will introduce teachings about the mind and experiential practices that develop the positive aspects of engaging with beauty. The mind relaxes, the senses expand, and a natural appreciation for self and the world arises.
Inner Light: Opening the Mind to Caring
Saturday, April 22
1 – 4pm
Sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed by feelings of frustration. If we react automatically when these arise, we may say and do things we later regret. In today’s workshop, we’ll explore patterns of mind, body and senses that lead to irritated feelings. Through interactive dialog, and gentle yet focused experiential exercises, we learn to explore whatever appears and make space for the natural arising of loving-kindness. We benefit self and others as we do this.
Abbe Blum, Instructor
Abbe holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University, England, where she was a Marshall scholar, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. As an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she taught Shakespeare and intensive writing seminars, and she currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970’s, and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.
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