- July 11, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Everywhere we go, we hear about the benefits of mindfulness—to bring us joy, peace, and productivity, and even to make us look younger and live longer. Meanwhile, in the real world, things aren't so rosy. Suicide rates are skyrocketing; prescription drug use is on the rise; exposure to negative news is causing PTSD-like symptoms; and we continue to report feeling disconnected, distracted, and depressed.
How can we be more mindful when our world seems broken beyond repair?
Tim Desmond—esteemed Buddhist scholar and lecturer on Psychology at Yale Medical School—has a fresh, engaging answer to this important question. Using techniques cultivated from the monastery of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, Tim has been inventing new ways to bridge the gap between the ancient tradition of mindfulness and modern life.
Mindfulness isn't about separating ourselves from the problems in the world. Instead, it is about re-learning how to get out there, connect with the suffering of every living being and in so doing, embrace our own personal suffering, let go, and move on.
Join integral health expert Megan Lipsett for a conversation with Tim about his latest book How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World outlining the first mindfulness practice designed for surviving the sometimes-miserable world we currently live in, with advice, strategies, and guidance you can start using to feel more connected, joyful, and present today.
Timothy Ambrose Desmond is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, teaching professional psychology rooted in self-compassion, as well as a mental health expert at Google. After a troubled youth, Tim was exposed to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, and eventually studied at Plum Village. He was also a co-organizer of Occupy Wall Street.
Megan Lipsett joined the CIIS core faculty in 2019 after teaching in the Integrative Health studies department as an adjunct faculty for 6 years, where she teaches courses such as "Mindfulness and Stress Physiology". Megan holds an MA in Integrative Health Studies from CIIS and is a doctoral candidate in Social Health Psychology, conducting research in the Social Affective Neuroscience Lab. As a research psychologist, she examines how our perceptions impact physiology (such as inflammatory biomarkers and cortisol), social connection, and long-term health behaviors underlying noncommunicable diseases. With an interest in factors that promote resilience to adversity, she focuses on translational work that informs how research on health mindsets can inform behavioral interventions and public policy. Megan's personal meditation and mindfulness practice is rooted in the Vipassana tradition.
Megan has a thriving integrative health coaching practice and is the founder of COPIA Health, a company dedicated to teaching integrative, mindful, and sustainable lifestyle practices for individual, community, and environmental flourishing. She has done program development and facilitation for diverse organizations, including integrative medicine centers, transitional women's homes, social worker training centers, environmental awareness groups, benefit corporations, and health and wellness centers. Megan's courses focus on both experiential and scientific knowledge, supporting students in establishing meditative practices, integral lifestyle practices, social and cultural awareness, personal and community empowerment, social equality, and wellness entrepreneurship.