Renée Burgard is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, consultant, and educator in private practice at Mindfulness & Health in Palo Alto. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for schools, nonprofits, and corporations in the SF Bay Area and serves as a senior MBSR instructor and mentor for teachers and psychotherapists in Northern California. She received training in MBSR from Jon Kabat-Zinn, is currently in training for certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Siegel, MD, and is an expert contributor on the topic of mindfulness for GoodTherapy.org. She received ordination as a lay monastic from Thich Nhat Hahn. (www.mindfulnesshealth-psychotherapy.com, and www.mindfulnesshealth.com)
Renée Burgard LCSW, of Mindfulness & Health in Los Altos, gave the fourth talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". This talk offers mindfulness practices for working with emotions and mental states. Renée introduces tools for becoming aware of, and cultivating, positive emotions - including ways to counteract our human "negativity bias" with a "Taking in the Good" practice, staying with positive experiences for a bit longer than is our habit. She introduces "Mindful Self-Compassion" practices and gentle mindful breathing and body awareness/movement practices for bringing kindness to ourselves in the presence of difficult emotions.
This is the sixth talk in a speaker series titled Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015. When we take away any of the elements that make up who we are, we no longer exist. In other words, we are empty of a separate self. So, there is nothing to attach to.