The Struggles, the Rewards, and Effects on Health

Plus an introduction to 3 courses David will teach starting in January:
Read Between the Lines, The Language of Wholeheartedness
and Meditation for a Peaceful Mind

Wednesday January 8th 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

The South African word ubuntu means “I am who I am because of who we all are.” Within that idea, there are fascinating insights about the human condition, including the idea that there are biological imperatives to be connected, to belong, to be in nurturing relationships. And there is scientific evidence that aligns with the teachings of wisdom traditions that advocate living in harmony with others. In this lecture, David will speak about novel ways of understanding the self, ideas from neuroscience, how contemplative practices like meditation can be reformulated to be more focused on improving relationship skills, and more. In addition, he will discuss key ideas to be covered in the 3 courses mentioned above, such as metamessages—the implications we make to others without knowing it— then a few essentials about how conflict is instigated and resolved, and the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

Instructor: David Mercier, M.S., L.Ac. is an integral life coach, seminar leader, acupuncturist, and adjunct faculty lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where his award-winning book A Beautiful Medicine is the textbook for The Art and Science of Happiness and Medicine: An Integrative Approach. He has offered relationship and communication training to physicians and nurses at the Johns Hopkins University Student Health Center and to faculty physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He holds an MS in Organization Development, and a Master’s in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, from 1975 to 1977 he was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka.