science-of-meditationThe Science & Practice of Meditation

presented by Richard Horowitz, MD

This recorded session discusses the science of meditation and several different meditation techniques that can effectively be integrated into our lives to help relieve both our own and our patients’ suffering. Simple techniques of Calm abiding meditation, mindfulness meditation, and Mahamudra meditation are shared, in group practice settings. The scientific basis for meditation as well as the Buddhist understanding of the nature of mind and how to use meditation to discover its basic essence is discussed, as well as ways to work with the difficult emotions that arise in everyday life and medical practice.

We live in extremely challenging times. The external elements are out of balance, where floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes are a regular occurrence, and where there are epidemics of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and infectious diseases in our medical offices on a daily basis. Patients often do not cope well these challenges, as they struggle to deal with the consequences of their illness.

Recorded: February 2013

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the scientific basis of meditation, and why a daily meditation practice is so important
2. Learn 3 basic forms of Buddhist meditation, and how to create a personal daily practice for ourselves and our patients. Teach patients how to skillfully work with challenging emotions using these techniques, and use basic practices of loving-kindness and self-compassion in relationship to their illness.
3. Understand the nature of mind and emotions, and how to skillfully work with them so that we can transform our present circumstances towards growth and healing.