Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times
Susan M Pollak MTS, Ed.D.
Location: CMC, 26 Central Street 2nd Floor Community Room, Somerville, MA 02143
Equanimity is a skill that is taught in meditation centers and is a key component in Eastern psychology and philosophy. However, it is virtually absent from the literature in western psychology. As mindfulness and compassion enter the mainstream, this is changing. Equanimity allows us to keep our balance and sanity in difficult times and enables us to be with whatever is happening. This talk will feature experiential practice as well as theory and recent research. Ways to integrate it in clinical work will also be addressed.
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
- explain the key components of equanimity
- discuss why it has been a key practice in Eastern philosophy
- understand how to bring it into our lives and practice
Susan M Pollak is the president of IMP. She is also a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, where she has taught for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel. She teaches nationally and internationally on the integration of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak has a private practice in Cambridge.