Equanimity and indifference get often confused. How can I hold the immensity of heartbreak in the world and within myself without closing and numbing out? Is that even possible?
The Buddha teaches that equanimity is one of the highest prized ways of being and that it is a result of diligent and ongoing practice.
In this short workshop we want to explore:
- – What is equanimity?
- – How do we recognize it?
- – Why do we need it?
- – How is it different from indifference?
- – How do we practice and cultivate it?
Christiane loves teaching mindfulness with a good dose of humor, compassion, and science. She first encountered Insight and Loving-Kindness meditation in 1988. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2003, she worked as an Ob/Gyn at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Christiane is a certified MBSR and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) teacher and co-founded InsightLA’s MBSR program with Trudy in 2005.
Trudy gave her teacher authorization in 2011 and she is a graduate of the 4 year IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training, and is authorized to teach in the Thai Forest Monastery tradition. She is the program director for mindfulness programs at InsightLA as well as the co-chair of the teacher council.
She is also a supervisor and trainer for MBSR teachers at the CFM (Center For Mindfulness) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the “mothership” of MBSR. She teaches retreats and trains people here in the US and also in Europe.
She is the program director and lead instructor for VA CALM, the national mindfulness facilitator training program for clinicians at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the co-author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”, a seminal book that is used as required reading for several mindfulness facilitator trainings around the world.
She is currently writing her next book on how mindfulness helps with dealing with chronic pain.
When not teaching, writing or trying to stay calm while raising her three teenagers with her husband, Christiane can be found training and racing in long distance races and triathlons.