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GLEN SVENSSON: How to Cultivate Mental Balance & Well-Being
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-off event with visiting guest speaker.
Discover how to cultivate inner well-being through focusing on four types of mental balance: motivational, attentional, cognitive and emotional). With his clear and structured teaching style, Glen emphasises the integration of philosophical view, meditation and daily life conduct.
In this 2-hour talk we will have a short 10 min break in the middle, a guided meditation after the break, and time for Q&A at the end. The talk is based on the article: Mental Balance & Well-Being (Building Bridges between Buddhism & Western Psychology) by Alan Wallace & Shauna Shapiro.
Clinical psychology has focused primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disease, and only recently has scientific attention turned to understanding and cultivating positive mental health. The Buddhist tradition, on the other hand, has focused for over 2,500 years on cultivating exceptional states of mental well-being as well as identifying and treating psychological problems.
We can draw on centuries of Buddhist experiential and theoretical inquiry as well as current Western experimental research to highlight specific themes that are particularly relevant to exploring the nature of mental health. We will discuss the nature of mental well-being and present an innovative model of how to attain such well-being through the cultivation of four types of mental balance: conative, attentional, cognitive, and affective.