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In this workshop, we’ll discuss the nature of wisdom and its different manifestations in different circumstances, including spiritual enlightenment, psychological acuity, self-knowledge, and emotional freedom. Using meditation, lecture, clinical vignettes, poetry, research, and discussion, we’ll explore wisdom as an active, ongoing life practice, focusing on how to cultivate the preconditions of genuine wisdom: openness, full presence, non-defensiveness, and compassion. We’ll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can help us to cultivate healing relationships, prevent burnout, promote understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others, guide us through impenetrable situations, and, ultimately, show us how to “live well.” (This session will continue with Workshop 310.)
Christopher Germer, Ph.D., a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, is the coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and author of Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.