“When the true mind is known, we will grasp its incredible potential”
(Venerable Master Hsing Yun)
We often seek external solutions to the problems faced in the modern world. And yet the answers to challenges such as isolation, fear and inequality could lie elsewhere – internally, in the mind.
You are invited to join this growing community for a one day exploration of the mind. What makes us tick? What tools can help us face the modern world? How do we unlock the power of our minds to effectively connect and create change for the better?
How can we do this together?
28 JAN 2019, The Power of The Mind
Leading by caring: Authenticity for ‘right’ decision-making
Are you who you want to be? What is your Ideal Self? How can you be your Ideal Self? Through a discussion on leading by caring, we will try to develop an action plan on how we can use authenticity to become who we want to be.
Stories that we tell are eye opening, inspiring and encouraging. This workshop brings the Turning Points project and our Communities of Practice initiative together to help us communicate how we are responding and adapting to the modern crises. The gift is your story from first facing the challenge of modern crisis, experiencing the ah-ha moment of insight, and of going forth with a changed heart and mind. We will write our stories, and if so inclined, share
them on the day and to the wider community.
Conflict transformation – using the power of the mind to harness our capacity to turn conflict into possibility and lead with wisdom
In our richly diverse and interdependent world, differences of experience and opinion are unavoidable. What matters is how we work with these conflicting energies both within ourselves and with others. How do we harness the deep innate clarity of our minds so that habitual tendencies to fight, flight or freeze don’t take over first? In this experiential workshop, we will explore our potential to act mindfully, communicate compassionately and develop reliable skills in challenging circumstances – whether at work, home or in our community – so as to lead ourselves and others with wisdom.
Using the Power of the Mind to Care: Basis of a Resilient Community
In guiding discussion I intend to anchor this theme in my own sociological understanding of the self and meaning as social constructs, together with my current work with colleagues in Kyoto on asserting humanity as the necessary 21st Century platform for ‘sustainable’ global economics and society – for which the central role of social connectedness and community resilience are essential. Capturing ‘the power of the mind’ to ‘care’ is the foundation for effective action.
Mindfulness at work: benefits, risk, sacrifice and solutions
Mindfulness practice is increasingly adopted by businesses but little is known about the potential challenges of such practice. This workshop invites you to discuss topics such as: Is the “mindfulness mode” (focusing on the present moment, letting go, and compassion for others) compatible with the “workplaces mode” (endless planning for the future, constant tracking of
individual KPIs, and being obsessed with competition with others)? What can we do when we are stuck in between the two modes? Do we need to sacrifice one for the other? What are the solutions for us to more effectively integrate mindfulness practice AND spirit with our career?
Aligning Values with Behaviour
Many of us acknowledge the problems associated with enacting our values and any gaps between what we believe is right and how we act in specific situations. We can become better at aligning our behaviours with our values. In this session we will explore ways of doing this by understanding how our subconsciously held system of values, assumption, and habits shape our behaviour and how mindfulness can enable us to access that subconscious system to change it and to create new values-driven habits.
An Invitation to Kindness and Self-Discipline
Have you ever wished that you were kinder to yourself, people near you, or Mother Earth? Have you felt that theory is easier than practice? The Buddha taught a form of prajñā wisdom using reflection. In this workshop, we will explore this form of wisdom to help us unveil the power of our mind using daily episodes, from the inside out, so that we can gain insight into our true nature. We will develop action plans to nurture a kindness habit loop and use self-discipline to automate our willpower for transformation. Let us together build the habit of kindness while we can.
On Mario Fernando’s “Leading by caring: Authenticity for ‘right’ decision-making”
On Tom Halbert’s “Turning Points”
On Meg Hart’s “Conflict transformation – using the power of the mind to harness our capacity to turn conflict into possibility and lead with wisdom”
On David Rooney’s “Aligning Values with Behaviour”
On Mario Fernando’s Towards a culture of compassion through authentic responsibility
On Stephen Hill: Using the Power of the Mind to Care – Basis of a Resilient Community
In this workshop, facilitator Dr. Stephen Hill guided a conversation about how we can refine our minds to build a more resilient society. In recent history, society has grown increasingly fragmented and self-centered. Dr. Hill explained that we have a self-oriented society, and that everything from our infrastructure and social constructs prevent us from developing community. As social researcher Hugh Mackay famously says, “We used to live in a society. Now we live in an economy.” The explosion of social media, which reinforces narcissistic values and social isolation, only exacerbates the effects of this self-centered economy. In this workshop, we talked about how we can use mindfulness to recognize this “grammar of greed” in our lives and stop it from controlling our every action. By employing mindfulness meditation, we can become more aware of our internal mental processes as well as our external relations with others and the greater community. By strengthening our minds through meditative practice, we can get involved in our towns and neighborhoods with more intention and care and ultimately shape more resilient communities
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