Deepening our practice: preparing the mind to embrace reality – all 4 webinars with Philippe Goldin, PhD

We are happy, grateful and proud to have Philippe Goldin, experienced meditator, PhD, Professor, Director of Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory University of California Davis USA, as our guest meditation teacher for four webinars on strengthening ourselves to deal with the challenges facing mankind.

We are all confronted with climate change and the ongoing pandemic, to name a few of many global threats we face today.
The first step to change is to embrace reality, no matter how painful it may be.
This and much more we explored with Philippes guidening during the 4 webinars on four consecutive Tuesdays evenings in September/October 2021.

The four one hour webinars with Philippa Goldin on the topic: Deepening our practice: preparing the mind to Embrace reality

The series of practices to make us embrace reality with equanimity, see ourselves clearly and how everything is interconnected and finally how we can use climate distress practices to make us more aware of our own part in the ecosystems -and hopefully be more active contributors for change.

Webinar 1: Equanimity practices
We engage in several different brief practices as a basis for equalizing the view toward pleasant and unpleasant emotions, and our projection of friend, enemy and stranger.


Webinar 2: Self practices

We explore our perception and projection of self across the lifespan and in the moment.


Webinar 3: Interconnectedness practices
We explore the illusion of separation/isolation from others; and the anti-thesis, namely, how interdependent we actually are with other humans and animals.



Webinar 4: Climate distress practices
We engage in contemplations that elucidate how we are part of ecosystems.



You are welcome to forward this recordings to other interested parties!

Philippe Goldin, PhD is a Professor at University of California Davis and Director of Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory.


His team is currently engaged in
(a) basic research on the brain networks that differentiate different types of emotion regulation strategies;

(b) clinical research on the neural bases of psychopathology;

and (c) clinical intervention research examining the brain and behavioral mechanisms of therapeutic change during Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Compassion Cultivation Training in adults with anxiety, depression and chronic pain disorders.

Philippe is, except from being a psychologist and renowned brain researcher an experienced meditation teacher starting with spending 6 years years in India and Nepal in the 1990´s  studying different languages, meditation, Buddhist philosophy and debate techniques at the Namgyal Monaseray Dialectic Monsastic Institute, and also served as an interpreter for various Tibetan lamas.

Philippe has also been a scientific advisor to Google when their very popular Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program was developed for employees more than ten years ago. He is also Co- founder of the leadership program that was subsequently developed (SIYLI).

Currently living in Sweden with his family, Philippe works remotely at his University and with partners in research around the world. He also holds a position as a visiting professor at the Department of Psychology at Lund University, Sweden.

Moderator and host:

Dr Ola Schenström, GP, mindfulness teacher, author of four books on mindfulness in Swedish.

Ola is the founder of Mindfulnesscenter (2007, MfC) together with his wife, Anna, psychiatrist, with the aim of making training in mindfulness and compassion widely available in Sweden – in preschool / school, health care, working life and leadership.

MfC has trained about 2,800 Mindfulnessinstructors Step 1 and about 180 Step 2. About 15 research articles have been published on MfC trainingprograms and e-courses. MfC have created around 15 online courses.

Ola has previously been Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, and Vice Chairman of Center for Non Violent Communication.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein
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