August 22, 2018
Media Contact: Megan Rundel, Crimson Gate Meditation Center
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“Toxic Stress in Times of National Turmoil: Does Zen Buddhism Have the Answer?”
Addressing the health and psychological issues of a toxic stress from the country’s chaotic current events, Crimson Gate Meditation Center is offering a series of sessions for Creating Sanctuary: Sustaining Inner Peace In Times Of Turmoil.
Facilitated by a psychologist Sheila Longerbeam in the Zen Buddhist tradition, the series explores methods of alleviating anger, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Offered in 2018 on four Tuesday evenings from October 30 through November 27, from 7:30pm-9pm at 3824 Grand Avenue, Oakland, the cost is on a sliding scale of $50-$200 for the series. Series Dates: October 30, November 6, 13, 27. Registration below.
The American Psychological Association released a report citing the political climate: "As a significant source of stress for 57% of Americans. The percentage of people reporting at least one health symptom because of stress rose from 71% to 80% over five months. A third of Americans have reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34%), feeling overwhelmed (33%), feeling nervous or anxious (33%) or feeling depressed or sad (32%).”
This 4-week class teaches meditation practices to respond skillfully to the social and political demands of our times from a place of equanimity, compassion and to balance personal needs for rest and refuge with the ability to take action in our communities.
Report cited from APA survey source of stress
Creating Sanctuary: Sustaining Inner Peace In Times Of Turmoil
Crimson Gate Meditation Center
3824 Grand Avenue, Oakland 94610
Phone: (510) 564-7096
Class dates: Tuesday evenings 2018 Series Dates: October 30, November 6, 13, 27.
Cost: sliding scale of $50-$200 for the series.
More Information and Registration
Are you finding yourself angry and despairing when you hear today’s news? It can be a relentless source of emotional tumult. How does this impact you personally? Do you feel out of control or overwhelmed by negative emotional states? Do you become confused about how to respond? This class is for beginning to intermediate meditators who would like to work with the personal pain they feel when confronted by chaotic current events. Whether it arises from personal wounds, or the pain of the suffering of the world, we will meet what arises, respectfully and compassionately. From there, you will have a clearer sense of how you want to respond in the world.
You will learn how to:
-Meditate using concentration practices
-Work with inner states of emotional turmoil, and trauma evoked by news
-Cultivate states of well-being and equanimity
-Integrate meditation with our work in order to bring spaciousness and compassion into the world
The Instructor: Sheila Longerbeam, PsyD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and long-time Zen Buddhist practitioner. She is currently the Meditation Instructor at Crimson Gate Meditation Community, a Zen sangha for mental health practitioners in Oakland. She has taught at PINC, The Psychotherapy Institute, Access Institute and The Pacific Center. She also teaches Buddhism and Psychotherapy at CIIS.
Seating is on cushions or chairs. Limit 10 participants. CEUs available for MFTs.