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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Science and the Natural World

In 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center purchased 411 acres of undeveloped land in the San Geronimo Valley of northern California from The Nature Conservancy, which then used the funds to preserve rainforests in South America. Our landscape is a central part of the Spirit Rock experience. Just as one recognizes that they are a part of a community of practice, the Earth's must not be seen as a collection of commodities for personal use but as a communion of subjects of which we are all a part. This section includes programs about the natural world as well as on the science of meditation from the fields of psychology and neurosciences.

Some of the themes covered in this learning path include: Connecting with nature, the healing power of nature, neuroscience and nature, awakening in nature, sustainable world, the Spirit Rock land.

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7/8/2017 Mindful Parenting on the Frontier of Technology and Youth
Shauna Shapiro, Dom Sagolla
7/15/2017 No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience
Rick Hanson
7/23/2017 Cultivating a Compassionate Heart during Troubling Times
Sharda Rogell, Sakti Rose
9/24/2017 Meditation as Medicine: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – An Approach to Stress Reduction, Chronic Pain and Illness
Bob Stahl, Steve Flowers
11/11/2017 Opening into Allness
Rick Hanson
11/19/2017 Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart
James Baraz, Jane Baraz
12/31/2017 Let Go, Start Over, Let Go: A New Year’s Meditation, Emancipation & Celebration - Ends Jan 1
Wes Nisker, Nina Wise
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