Talk and Introduction to Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Lance Brunner

September 27th

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Room: Decatur


Friday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

September 27, 2019

$25 - Included in price for the Art of Being Human program

Sense Perceptions as a Path to Awakening

The human mind is inherently creative - constantly trying to make sense of the world, both to survive and to thrive. We tell ourselves stories and then we believe them, whether they conform to reality or not. It is easy for our narratives to solidify and keep us trapped in a "play" of sorts of our own making. Through meditation and the practice of contemplative arts we can take a more playful approach to the habitual patterns in our lives, to see through our stories and make room for new ones that can help to free us. A powerful and direct way to come back to the present moment and to the possibility of new stories is through the body and our sense perceptions. In this way the arts become a path of awakening.

Lance Brunner Ph.D. is a gifted and much sought-after teacher, facilitator, and public speaker. He leads a variety of workshops and retreats focusing on creativity and leadership in North and South America, and Europe. As professor of Music History at the University of Kentucky (UK) from 1976 until recently retired, Lance received many awards and fellowships, including the Elliott Prize from the American Mediaeval Academy and the Notes Prize from the Music Library Association, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, American-Scandinavian Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and the German Academic Exchange Service. His career path, however, has led him to pursuits outside of music history.

Lance held a Kellogg National Fellowship from 1985-1988, a leadership program that also allowed him to research the role of music in human health and healing. He was co-founder of Music for Health Services Foundation in 1986 and he served as adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville (1990-93), where he helped establish the Center for the Study of Music and Medicine. He is a founding member of the UK’s Emerging Leader Institute (1989-2006) and has taught a seminar on creativity and business for MBAs at UK. He is a certified meditation instructor and senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.