Hanson, RickRELAX!  We Have a World to Save.  Sat, May 27, 7-9 pm. A conversation with Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain (photo R), at our 8th Awakened Action fund-raiser.  Edgehill Mansion, Dominican University, San Rafael.  Reception and light refreshments at 6:30.  Gentle yoga and meditation at 7:00.  Interview with Rick at 7:30. Reservations: your $75 ticket supports our programs of awakened action, including Mindful Leadership for Teens. Get your ticket here. See our Silent Auction, too!

THE MIND IS WHAT THE BRAIN DOES

From Rick Hanson, PhD, The Foundations of Wellbeing

What is the purpose of the remarkable complexity, activity, speed, and evolution of the brain?  It is the mind.  The function of the nervous system is to process information.  All the information in your nervous system is your mind.

Your mind – like any information – is not physical:  you can’t touch it, but it is still real.  The brain represents your mind.  Therefore, all mental activity – your thoughts and feelings, joys and sorrows – requires neural activity.

NEURONS THAT FIRE TOGETHER, WIRE TOGETHER

Repeated patterns of mental activity require repeated patterns of brain activity. Repeated patterns of brain activity change neural structure and function.

You can use your mind . . .
to change your brain . . .
to change your mind . . .

to benefit yourself and other beings

Watershed crew 5-14-17WHO WE ARE
Green Sangha is mindfulness-based environmental action, bringing individuals together to meditate, educate, support one another, and advocate for the Earth. We offer monthly retreats, Mindful Leadership Training, inner and outer restoration at Green Gulch, mindfulness experiences for teens, and more.

Meditation is the core practice that grounds us in the awareness of interdependence. From this awareness naturally springs love, understanding, and forgiveness.  Learn more here:  Why meditate?

Chris at micEducation. We educate ourselves and each other in order to live more wisely on the earth.  We promote life-affirming alternatives to destructive practices promoted by the outmoded Industrial Growth Model.  We speak to the good in others to inspire their participation in making the world a better place.

We educate through action sheets on target issues and through direct outreach, speaking at schools, social clubs, churches, and community venues.

Action. Green Sangha actions have addressed a wide range of issues, from rallying on the streets for climate protection, to testifying at public hearings on waste reduction, to participating in community clean-ups.

Our many partners have included the Berkeley Ecology Center, Californians Against Waste, Clean Water Action, Save the Bay, Sustainable San Rafael, and Transition Berkeley. Together we will hasten the Great Turning toward a sustainable and just world.

For a one-minute video on mindful practice for awakened action, click here: Get quiet, get active.

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