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. The tools include ways to counteract our human "negativity bias" with a "Taking in the Good" practice, i.e., staying with positive experiences for a bit longer than is our habit. She introduces "Mindful Self-Compassion" and mindful breathing and body awareness/movement practices for fostering kindness in the presence of difficult emotions.