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

Dharma through Myth and Stories
Pawan Bareja
Saturday, December 9, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code PB5D17.
OPEN-Register Here

When working with our pain and sorrows, it is easy to get caught in self-judgment, shame, thinking and planning. Stories and myths have a way of bypassing our thinking brain and appeal to our emotional and lower brain. For that reason, they have been used over the ages to help people work with and assimilate difficult events in their lives. They are also used to initiate and empower us with right intention and to engage in right action. Most of us are familiar with the power of stories and myths as we were touched by them as children.

In this daylong we will invoke the power of stories and myths from Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions to help loosen the mental and emotional knots of our sorrows and difficulties. The daylong will include sitting and walking meditation interspersed with movement, stories and discussion of the stories in small and large groups and dyads.

The Buddha said, "Be a lamp unto yourself."

During this daylong, you will be invited to invoke the teachings that are applicable to you and find new insights to work with your difficulties. This day will help health care professionals get to the heart of the emotional knots within their clients who have experienced grief, loss and suffering and use some of the non-linear mindfulness tools offered in class to help their clients release those knots.

Health care professionals will also be able to investigate their own stories in ways that promotes right action and improves patient care. Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Practice mindfulness meditation techniques to develop body awareness in ways that may be beneficial to clients;
  • Identify habitual response patterns in clients that are linked to past painful events;
  • Utilize mindfulness with clients as a resource to begin to work with habitual patterns of suffering;
  • Utilize mindfulness healing skills with clients to release physical and emotional tension.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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