Neuroscience and Spiritual Practice

February 20th, 11 am-12:30 ET

Contemporary neuroscience is emerging as an essential ingredient in understanding human development, including our capacity for greater happiness and wisdom.  The past three decades have seen the study of the brain and its relationship to human experience move forward with more vigor and enthusiasm than any other scientific field. 

In this experiential exploration, we’ll explore how a neuroscience informed personal practice can assist in dealing with the unpredictable challenges that accompany increasing hypercomplexity in the 21st century.

We’ll also experience a variety of foundational practices for use in developing cognitive, emotional and spiritual skills that can make us more effective and comfortable as new challenges arise in the future. These practices build on a foundation of mindfulness and include kindness, empathy, compassion, gratitude, and the experience of happiness.

The discussion will focus on both intellectual content and the effective use of such learning in Personal Practice. This daily practice is grounded in the conscious, consistent and intentional repetition of carefully chosen thoughts and actions for the explicit purpose of building new neural pathways that become the basis for behavioral changes and improvements in our lives.

About Jim Hickman:

Jim Hickman is Board Chair and Professor of Neuroscience at Ubiquity University.  After his first trip to Moscow in 1972, Jim was active for the next 35 years developing economic and professional relations between the US and the USSR/Russia.  For the past 15 years, Jim has been a student of contemplative practice and neuroscience.  He has written numerous articles for such publications as the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Moscow Times, and Inc. Magazine.  He is currently writing a book on how the latest discoveries in quantum physics, epigenetics, and neuroscience, when combined with the teachings of the wisdom traditions, inform us about successful Living in turbulent times.  Jim lives in Tiquipaya, Bolivia with his wife, Marcela; their 15-year old son, Daniel; Aurora, a golden retriever; and Chango, their cat friend.


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