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The Buddha often pointed to craving as a root cause of suffering, and recent research in neuroscience appears to reinforce exactly what the Buddha frequently taught.
During this mini retreat, we will explore the theme of craving and how a dedicated mindfulness practice can help us overcome various forms of craving that tend to create ongoing suffering and even addiction. This can be craving related to food, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes/vaping, relationships, video games, social media, and more.
Mindfulness practice allows us to counteract our tendency toward cravings because it changes the way we relate to a craving when it first arises. Through mindful awareness, we begin to see that we can simply "be with" strong impulses without needing to act on them. From a place of internal empowerment, we can become more skillful in our relationship with strong habits and offer ourselves greater freedom of choice when it comes to difficult urges.
Join IMS Teacher Walt Opie and special guest neuroscientist Judson Brewer, MD, PhD (author of The Craving Mind and Unwinding Anxiety) for a day of practice and discovery as we explore the path that leads away from suffering and moves us closer to freedom. This online retreat includes guided meditations, dharma talks, and time for sharing and discussion.
This program will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live sessions. On-demand videos will be available to registered participants for 90 days.