The Psychology of Action & Attention: Lessons and Strategies from Japanese Psychology

WHEN: Saturday June 23 9am-4:30
WHERE: Anahata Center, 1044 East End Rd.
COST: $45 in advance/$60 day of event Presented by the TōDō Institute

Brought to you by Haven House and made possible by funds from the Alaska Mental Health Trust
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Attention is one of the most fascinating and mysterious aspects of our existence as human beings. We go through most of our life without paying much attention to attention. If you’re reading these words right now then you’re paying attention. But what does that mean? The challenge we are faced with is to try to understand how our attention works and to improve our own attention skills. Cultivating mindfulness is not an easy task, but with persistence and practice we can make significant changes in the way we use our attention. We can improve concentration, our intimate relationships, our spiritual practice, and our overall mental health. What’s at stake is nothing less than our experience of life itself.  

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Gregg Krech is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psycholgy in in North America and is the founding Director of the ToDo Institute, a nonprofi t Educational Center for Purposeful Living in Vermont. He is the author of the award-winning book: Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self- Reflection (Stone Bridge Press, 2002) and the editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living. He has pioneered the application of Naikan and Morita therapy in the areas of hospice, living fully with illness, and parenting. Through his books, distance learning courses and residential retreats Gregg has introduced thousands of people to an approach to life that emphasizes character development over symptom reduction, and continues to point people towards doing something meaningful with their life in spite of their limitations and problems.