PAU Healing, Spirituality, and Social Action

PAU Healing, Spirituality, and Social Action This is a PAU student group with the goal of furthering the conversation about how spirituality, psychology, healing and social action intersect in ways crucial to the future of psychology.

HSSA is a student organization at Palo Alto University (PAU) dedicated to raising awareness and meaningful dialogue regarding the growing evidence in favor of bridging the gap between spirituality and clinical psychology. We are committed to nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional well-being of PAU students by organizing spiritually-themed round-table discussions, speaker events, field trips, informal dialogue, and various opportunities for service, healing, and social action. With an eye on compassion as an important and overlooked aspect of the human experience, we hope to illuminate how psychology and humanity as a whole can benefit from the growth of wisdom surrounding world spiritual traditions. Furthermore, we are committed to healing and social action, and advocate for integration and wholeness for all people. It is our hope that student groups such as HSSA will impact the community and increase sensitivity to spirituality in clinical practice.

On Tuesday, February 11th at the Los Altos Campus, OCAP will be hosting a discussion about what it is like to work with ...
02/09/2020

On Tuesday, February 11th at the Los Altos Campus, OCAP will be hosting a discussion about what it is like to work with critically ill children. Attendees will also hear about the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford as a practicum site. Food will be served :) Also feel free to spread the word to other cohort students who may be interested!

Hope to see you all there!! :)
05/21/2018

Hope to see you all there!! :)

Dialogue with Dr. Doug Oman talks about his research in Religion, Spirituality, and Public Health. View the event in the...
04/11/2018
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Dialogue with Dr. Doug Oman talks about his research in Religion, Spirituality, and Public Health. View the event in the link below:

Topic: HSSA Presents Dr. Doug Oman on Science, Spirituality, and Health
Date: Apr 5, 2018 11:44 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording:
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04/04/2018
Hello everyone! If you are interested in this FREE online Spirituality & Psychotherapy Summit, follow this link. It will...
11/02/2017
The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit Free Registration

Hello everyone! If you are interested in this FREE online Spirituality & Psychotherapy Summit, follow this link. It will include:

-More than 30 hours of practical guidance and breakthrough insights presented by renowned leaders in the field
-Downloadable presentation materials, transcripts of each session, and additional resources
-Lifetime access to The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit
-Access to some free books

Enjoy and Namaste :)

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The Intersection of Two Powerful Approaches for Growth, Healing, and Personal Transformation

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09/21/2017

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Please join the live-stream now of Dr. Luhrmann's talk on cultural manifestations of psychotic symptoms! Please type you...
05/26/2017
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Please join the live-stream now of Dr. Luhrmann's talk on cultural manifestations of psychotic symptoms! Please type your questions into the chat box. A recording will also be posted to this page after the meeting.

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Please join us for a fascinating talk on cultural manifestations of psychotic symptoms at 11:30am on May 26th with Stanf...
05/04/2017
Cultural Differences in Psychotic Symptoms

Please join us for a fascinating talk on cultural manifestations of psychotic symptoms at 11:30am on May 26th with Stanford Professor Tanya Luhrmann, PhD. Lunch will be provided!

Check out Dr. Luhrmann's TEDx Stanford talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DloTO-SwFZA

Please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-differences-in-psychotic-symptoms-tickets-34243225409

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is currently the Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experi...

Please join us Tuesday, 4/25 for lunch + a timely, meaningful inter-religion student conversation focused on acceptance ...
04/18/2017

Please join us Tuesday, 4/25 for lunch + a timely, meaningful inter-religion student conversation focused on acceptance and forgiveness! RSVP to Isabel at [email protected]

Upcoming April 18 event in SF with Krista Tippett! And April 20 conversation with Krista at Stanford's CCARE: http://cca...
04/05/2017
Krista Tippett: Heart, Mind and Spirit

Upcoming April 18 event in SF with Krista Tippett! And April 20 conversation with Krista at Stanford's CCARE: http://ccare.stanford.edu/events/conversations-on-compassion-with-krista-tippett/ On Being-- Tippett's public radio conversation and podcast that addresses big questions from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit-- is another self-care and growth resource for ourselves and our clients who seek a more grounded, thoughtful, and resilient world.

Krista Tippett, Host, On Being; Author, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Twitter @kristatippett Rev. Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral San Francisco—Moderator Note: Each ticket comes with a copy of Krista Tippett's book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Myste...

Your brain on nature! Neuroscience is confirming the wisdom that indigenous people and their spiritual traditions have k...
03/06/2017
This Is Your Brain on Nature

Your brain on nature! Neuroscience is confirming the wisdom that indigenous people and their spiritual traditions have known for so long – nature can reduce stress and bring healing to our minds and bodies.

As mentioned in this article, Iranian-American pediatrician Nooshin Razani of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is finding innovative ways nature can relieve stress in low-income communities, including having pictures of local wilderness spaces in clinical spaces and writing prescriptions for young patients and their families to visit nearby parks.

How can we increase our own self-care through nature, as well as that of underserved, stressed urban clients?

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.

Thank you to everyone who participated in today's film showing of Kumaré (http://kumaremovie.com/) and our mini discussi...
02/24/2017
San Manuel Bueno, Martir

Thank you to everyone who participated in today's film showing of Kumaré (http://kumaremovie.com/) and our mini discussion on self-revelation, the ethics of our work as healers, and the power of human connection and longing. Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz also pointed out the similarities between Kumaré and Saint Manuel Bueno, Martyr, a Spanish novella by existentialist Miguel de Unamuno. Thank you all for so much good food for reflection and growth!

La novela de Unamuno muestra un espacio espiritual, no descriptivo, en el que se asientan los simbolos clave de la dialectica entre fe y duda: el lago, la montana, la nieve, la villa sumergida, los nombres de los personajes, etc. Esta edicion se basa en la edicion de 1933 con las variantes de la ...

Please join us 2/24 for lunch + film, Kumaré! This thought-provoking movie about our natural tendency to seek spirituali...
02/15/2017

Please join us 2/24 for lunch + film, Kumaré! This thought-provoking movie about our natural tendency to seek spirituality outside ourselves will foster a discussion on our "inner guru". Please carpool as parking is limited. RSVP to [email protected]

Beautiful PAU faces from last week's Round Table with Byron Bland
02/10/2017

Beautiful PAU faces from last week's Round Table with Byron Bland

02/01/2017
Rahaa - Home

Raha Foundation (www.RahaFoundation.org), an Iranian mental health nonprofit, is listing mental health providers in the Bay Area willing to provide free / low-fee therapy services to those affected by the travel ban and its fallout-- including members of the diaspora experiencing new or recurring symptoms as a result of the ban and those working tirelessly in service of the community (e.g., immigration lawyers, activists, therapists).

Raha is a non-profit mental health organization that consists of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers in Northern California.The mission of Raha is breaking the mental illness stigma, raising awareness and impro

Only a few spots left for this Wednesday's Round Table dinner with Rev. Byron Bland on building peace in our world! RSVP...
01/31/2017

Only a few spots left for this Wednesday's Round Table dinner with Rev. Byron Bland on building peace in our world! RSVP now

Building a more compassionate world starts with ourselves... Hear Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering self-compassion researche...
01/25/2017
On Self Compassion: A Conversation with Kristin Neff and Michael Klein

Building a more compassionate world starts with ourselves...
Hear Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering self-compassion researcher, author, and teacher on Feb 17 in San Francisco!

Kristin Neff is joined in conversation by practicing clinical psychologist and CIIS Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Klein.

From MLK's enduring call to conscience to Standing Rock's powerful example, mindful presence & intention have strengthen...
01/16/2017
“Prayer is action”: Contemplative practice and social justice in Standing Rock, ND - Mind and Life Institute

From MLK's enduring call to conscience to Standing Rock's powerful example, mindful presence & intention have strengthened our most resilient efforts at social change.

On my first morning at Standing Rock, after a cold sleep punctuated by the sound of a helicopter in the night sky, a camp leader addressed newly arrived people in these words: “I see many of you who are new

Welcome the new quarter (and new year) with an inward pause and two deep breaths
01/09/2017

Welcome the new quarter (and new year) with an inward pause and two deep breaths

Upcoming (free) HSSA co-sponsored workshop. Start off 2017 practicing compassion & inclusion with our PAU community!
01/06/2017
Cultivating a Community of Care at PAU: Training in Compassion & Inclusion

Upcoming (free) HSSA co-sponsored workshop. Start off 2017 practicing compassion & inclusion with our PAU community!

"Cultivating a Community of Care at PAU: Training in Compassion & Inclusion - A half day workshop. An all PAU event, for students, staff, and faculty" Much of our lived experience entails searching for ways to handle suffering and striving for experiences of connection, safeness and joy. Oftentimes…

How Veterans Are Finding Peace And Healing Through Meditation
05/31/2014
How Veterans Are Finding Peace And Healing Through Meditation

How Veterans Are Finding Peace And Healing Through Meditation

Monday is Memorial Day, a day to celebrate and honor our country's veterans and acknowledge the depth of their sacrifice. It is also an opportunity to put the spotlight on the struggle, experienced by many veterans, to return to civilian life. Increa...

Dharma-based recovery workshop
02/04/2014
Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Dharma-based recovery workshop

In this 6-week series we will work through the 12 Steps using Buddhist teachings and practices. We will explore how traditional recovery language and themes can be understood through the lens of dharma, and how mindfulness meditation can support our recovery.

Wow! Would you consider this for your classroom?
01/14/2014
Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools

Wow! Would you consider this for your classroom?

At first glance, Quiet Time - a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area - looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally ca...

Neuroscience Links Meditation to Increased Productivity - Hot Topics
10/20/2013
Neuroscience Links Meditation to Increased Productivity - Hot Topics

Neuroscience Links Meditation to Increased Productivity - Hot Topics

When most people think about meditation, the word “productivity” doesn’t usually come to mind. Yet research shows that by incorporating even 10 minutes of a meditative-like practice into one’s day increases focus, decreases stress, and even increases cognitive ability result. Nortel, Texas Instrume…

How do you use humor to bring mindfulness and perspective to your life?
05/14/2013

How do you use humor to bring mindfulness and perspective to your life?

"We could all use more humor in our lives. Having a sense of humor doesn't mean laughing and being cheerful all the time. It means seeing the illusory nature of things--and seeing how, in this illusory life, we are always bumping into the very things we meticulously try to avoid.

Humor allows us to see that ultimately things don't make sense. The only thing that truly makes sense is letting go of of anything we continue to hold on to. Our ego-mind and emotions are a dramatic illusion. Of course, we all feel that they're real: my drama, your drama, our confrontations. We create these elaborate scenarios and then react to them. But there is nothing really happening outside our mind! This is karma's cosmic joke. You can laugh about the irony of this, or you can stick with your scenario. It's your choice."

~Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

05/08/2013
Center for Mindfulness & Justice

Center for Mindfulness & Justice

“We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it.”
~ Sharon Salzberg

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science
05/01/2013
The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to which research has paid less attention: compassion. Human suffering is often accompanied by beautiful acts of compassion by others wis...

Higher Self Network
04/24/2013

Higher Self Network

6th Annual Boswell Lecture at Pacific School of Religion "How does a queer feminist remain a Christian?"  Talk on April ...
04/19/2013
Sixth Annual Boswell Lecture: "How Does a Queer Feminist Remain a Christian?" | CLGS

6th Annual Boswell Lecture at Pacific School of Religion "How does a queer feminist remain a Christian?" Talk on April 30th http://www.clgs.org/events/sixth-annual-boswell-lecture-2013

Tensions abound in nearly every word of this lecture’s title – how can one be a feminist and queer or queer and a Christian? How can one need a category such as “woman” in order to give feminism a focus and still wish to queer the notion of women without doing intellectual and emotional contortions?...

Our hearts go out to all those in Boston and beyond impacted by the events of today.  There is a lot to learn about comp...
04/16/2013
Cooperation after a tragedy: When our hearts know better than our minds. | PsySociety, Scientific Am

Our hearts go out to all those in Boston and beyond impacted by the events of today. There is a lot to learn about compassion and altruism when disaster strikes. May we all take comfort in the actions of the hundreds who stepped to help without a second thought.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many h...

04/12/2013
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)

Interesting study!

A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School reports that meditation appears to produce measurable changes in gray matter concentration in regions of the brain associated with stress, memory, and empathy. (Holzel, B. et al. Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density (2011).

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Take a break from studying for finals, this Friday Nov, 17th and join the HSSA student group for a mindfulness walk around campus!
Dear friends, I would like to share with you a link for this free online summit " Psychotherapy and Spirituality" with Gabor mate, Stan Grof and others