If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? Rumi


 

Cultivating Mental Discipline:

Mindfulness and Insight

(Online Class)

 

 AT THE HOUSTON JUNG CENTER

Taught by Stanley Merrill

Four Tuesdays,
June 28 – July 12, 19 and 26
6 – 7:30pm CT

Jung Center Members $125
Non Members $135

THE SATIPATTHANA SUTTA

The Satipatthana Sutta (also known as the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness”) is a 2500 year old Buddhist text that provides are the meditation instructions that cultivate the mental discipline to decrease reactivity and respond effectively to the difficult and challenging experiences of life.

 

UNWANTED CIRCUMSTANCES

In everyone’s life there are inevitably unwanted circumstances large and small.  There are traffic jams, red lights, spilled milk and other minor inconveniences.  There are major problems like old age, sickness, death, personal loss, financial loss, wars and injustices.

REACTIVITY

Unfortunately when we face difficulties it can lead to reactivity.  We have debilitating thoughts that lead to difficult emotions that drive our adrenaline and lead to poor decisions that can be costly.

 

MENTAL DISCIPLINE

The Satipatthana Sutta is a step by step meditation guide that helps is a mental discipline that helps us cultivate:

  • Self Awareness
  • An objective observer
  • Self Regulation

These skills allow us to be proactive in dealing with whatever situations we face and responding effectively instead of instinctively.  This leads to a calmer, more peaceful life.

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