My work since 2006 through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (uclahealth.org/marc) emphasizes making mindfulness teachings accessible to all, regardless of background, yet without losing depth practice. In recent years I have been teaching on Natural Awareness— the effortless, objectless, and spacious side of awareness practices. Socially engaged Buddhism is a thread woven through many of my talks-- how can we end suffering both internally and externally? Having worked with teens and young adults for many years, some of the talks are geared to young people. Finally as a mom of a tween, I'm deeply inspired by the transformative power of daily life and family practice.
This talk overviews the larger mindfulness movement--the science, the ways mindfulness has been incorporated into society, and the definitions. The second half explores the practical elements of mindfulness and how to practice it.
This talk weaves together the theme of self-compassion with how to work with hindrances that arise when we practice. We explore working with our minds, cultivating kindness for ourselves, and the recognition of our shared humanity.
This talk explores the benefits of mindfulness, the scientific research behind it, and the obstacles that get in the way as we practice. The talk also covers how mindfulness can be used to cultivate more self-compassion. Good for beginners.
This talk explores the three components of self-compassion: 1. mindfulness to deal with self-critical thinking; 2. loving kindness, to increase our sense of love for ourselves; 3. and shared humanity, the recognition that we are not alone.
This talk, given at a retreat for educators, is geared toward people who wish to share mindfulness with others. It is about how to teach from an embodied presence connected to mindfulness, how to recognize it, what gets in the way, and how to repair it.