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3 Minute Compassion Space

on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 21:50

A few weeks ago, my colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy organized a 2- day workshop on integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) two powerful methods to enhance inner growth and healing. MSC, an empirically supported 8- week course developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, teaches participants how to hold themselves in a warm, connected and mindful presence when they suffer, fail, feel inadequate, or when life is just plain difficult.

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Mindfulness in the Museum

on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:58

Steve Martin, the celebrated comedian and playwright, is the curator of a stunning new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts entitled, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. Mr. Martin also has an original way to appreciate art. He and his wife sit down in front of a painting, relaxing with a glass of wine, and watch it like a TV show, enjoying it, talking about it, and finding new things to see. While we can’t take wine into an art museum, we can find new ways to enhance our understanding of art, bringing a greater depth of awareness to what we see.