Forgiveness Workshop: "Starting With Me"
Wednesday, November 16th 7:00pm - 9:00pm
In this evening workshop Perry & Rik will begin to explore the deeper concept of how and where forgiveness needs to begin if we wish to salvage our hearts from living into a future of bitterness and remorse.
“As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” -Eckhart Tolle
The evening will consist of didactic teachings, inner reflections and meditations along group sharings that will offer everyone an opportunity to explore their inner hurts and woundings with a new or different perspective.
"Ultimately, we will come to realize we forgive ourselves for the constricted pain we have been inflicting to ourself. The Buddha was pointing towards reality, a clear ability to see "how it is" not "how we wish things would be." This clear comprehension and aligning with..."is the path of non-suffering," The Buddha's teachings." ~Rik Center
Forgiveness is an evoking word that we can often struggle with. There often can be layers of confusion that bring about a constricted inner body of pain and suffering so we go looking outside of ourselves to find release from this pain. And yet, we walk past ourselves who is the one person that begins the process of forgiveness and healing.
MCC Workshops are offered on a dana/donation basis. We are supported by the practice of shared generosity. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Our programs are for everyone to gain new insights into life, themselves and inner healing.
Rik Center, Co-Founder of the MCC/Mindfulness Care Center. Rik began a meditation practice in the late 80’s and recently returned from 2 months of meditation and retreat practice. Rik regularly practices at Abhayagiri a “Theravada Thai Forest Monastery” in Redwood Valley practicing in the Ajahn Chah Lineage with his teacher Ajahn Pasanno.
Rik is a SE/Somatic Experiencing Stress and Trauma Counselor/Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, plus he has served as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at CPMC and San Francisco General Hospital where at times he’s been asked to offer absolution and sit by others in the heat of pain and confusion. His client one-on-one private practice focuses on healing high levels of stress, unresolved traumatic anxiety and PTSD along with offering grief and spiritual counseling.
Perry Lisker, JD, MSW and LCSW/Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For the past 12 years, Perry has been affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center where he provides crisis intervention, anticipatory grief work and supporting counseling as well as appropriate implementation and coordination of discharge plans for patients and their families. Perry has initiated behavioral rounds with a multidisciplinary medical and therapy team to focus on patients identified as experiencing psychological and emotional challenges, and to assist nursing staff in determining intervention options.
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