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  • Location Benedict Canyon Retreat House
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Dates
    • Tuesday, July 9, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PT
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This event is the in-person version of a hybrid class series which will take place both in-person and online. To register for the online version of this event, click here.

Breaking the Spell of Anxiety

With our thoughts we make the world– the Buddha

Of all the emotions, anxiety is one of the most challenging because it is an experience of losing control. Anxiety can take over, and when it does, it feels as if we are powerless to stop it. Like a strong rip tide, anxiety can completely carry us away. Through mindfulness, we can tame anxiety by paradoxically turning into the tide of anxiety and going with it, rather than fighting against it in any way.  Rather than panicking and trying to push anything away, mindfulness befriends anxiety, breaking its spell.  Anxiety can be defined as the hypothetical dread of what could happen in a future that never quite arrives.  Anxiety is therefore driven by anticipatory thoughts, stories, beliefs and views of “what could be”.  Therefore, the antidote is finding the calm and sanity through the cultivation of present-moment embodied awareness.  

In this 4- week course, we will explore the neurological, biological and psychological roots that drive anxiety, and unpack and experience practical ways to mindfully manage anxiety in any moment.  We’ll learn and practice together how to “break the spell” of the anticipatory thought patterns that are often mindlessly driving this challenging emotion, before eventually turning towards and mindfully “befriending” anxiety for deep inner transformation and healing.  We’ll blend supportive state-of-the-art neuroscience with the Buddha’s timeless teachings of equanimity, compassion and wisdom.  Experiential meditation, education, group sharing and questions will be offered in a balanced way in each session.  

This is a 4-week class series that meets Tuesdays from July 9 to July 30, 6pm-7:30pm PT.
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30

Where is this event located?
This event will take place in-person at the Benedict Canyon Retreat House. Find directions, information on what to bring and more at the link. 

Suggested donation: $400


Lisa Kring, LCSW Teacher

Lisa Kring is an LCSW (MSW-USC) and is a committed practitioner of Theravada Vipassana mediation for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and Advanced Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock, and has studied with many teachers over the years, including Dan Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ven Analayo, Ven Ayya Tathaaloka and... Read more

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