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Freedom from the Inner Critic: Compassion and Self-Compassion Meditation Class – Elizabeth Pyjov | 6-8pm EST

Jan
24

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4-week series on Sundays; 6-8pm EST | January 3, 10, 17 & 24

Registration: $200 (single session registration option is not available)    REGISTER HERE

Do you experience the painful effects of self-judgment? Do you feel the hurt from your mind’s harsh attacks on others? In this class we will spend time learning the science behind the inner critic: where does it come from and why is it there? We will look at the Buddhist perspective on Mara, the Buddhist incarnation of the inner judge, who also happens to be goddess of ignorance and fear. Finally, we will use meditation and psychological strategies to break free from the harsh inner voice, looking instead for a constructive way to think about the past and the future. We hope to encourage a strong sense of community and will help you start (or retain) a daily meditation practice. Together we will deepen your mindfulness, self-compassion, and compassion for others. A combination of scientific research, psychology, meditation practices, and perspectives on religion will create an experience that is both spiritual and practical. Understanding the inner critic is part of the path to joy, lightness of heart, and true wisdom. We hope you join us in these deep heart practices.

Program includes:

• 4 sessions of two hours each over zoom
• BEING homework: a new recorded meditation each week with the teacher’s voice
• THINKING homework: a new reading each week
• DOING homework: a new practice or affirmations each week
• A sense of community and meditation accountability during the month-long class
• 15-minute one-on-one zoom conversation with meditation instructor about your practice

4-week series on Sundays; 6-8pm EST | January 3, 10, 17 & 24
Registration: $200 (single session registration option is not available)    REGISTER HERE


Elizabeth Pyjov, JD, MTS studied the neuroscience, philosophy, and pedagogy of compassion at Stanford Medical School with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She has taught compassion meditatioon at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Columbia University, Mt. Sinai Medical School, NYU Medical School, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Warby Parker, Tibet House US, the Rubin Museum, Horace Mann, and the Harvard Club of New York. Elizabeth graduated from magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures and the Classics. She finished a joint degree at Harvard Law School (J..D.) and Harvard Divinity School (MTS, Buddhist Studies) in 2020. In the past, Elizabeth has worked for Global Justice, the NY Attorney General’s Office, and Click Therapeutics in New York City; for Italian television at RAI International in Rome; the United Nations in Geneva; and at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) in Palo Alto, CA. She has worked or studied in Argentina, Italy, France, Peru, Switzerland, Russia, and Spain. Her international experience has led her to understand that among those of different traditions, customs, and religions, people find happiness in many of the same ways. They want to be healthy, do meaningful work, and be close to loved ones—and what brings joy is kindness, a caring attitude, and compassion. She is delighted to be teaching compassion in New York City. Please reach out to her anytime at [email protected].

Venue

NY United States