Brandy Kidd and Bill Mac Millen
The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.
We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.
Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives.
In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:
- What is anger?
- The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
- The sources and causes of anger
- Is anger ever useful?
- Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
- What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind
The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.
We encourage anyone who can experience the richness of practicing together, In-Person, to join us in our Meditation Hall following our Covid-19 Safety Protocols. The Online Zoom option is available for those out of area and those otherwise not planning to attend In-Person, and we provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.
The cost is $75.
Brandy Kidd has been a practitioner with Florida Community of Mindfulness since its inception in 1995. She lives in Naples, FL where she co-coordinates the Naples Sangha. She is a member of The Order of Interbeing and the current cohort of The Dharma Transmission Group. Professionally she works as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She is married with two “children,” ages 22 and 16. In addition to practicing dharma, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening and crocheting.
Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program.
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