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LATEST DIALOGUES Suffering is Optional: video with Gail Brenner

Speaking at SAND18 Italy, Gail Brenner tells us that we don’t have to believe what our thoughts tell us about ourselves, about other people or about the world, and that at any moment we can bring our attention to our experience, and find the freedom of the formless awareness called home. Further information:


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Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a psychologist and author who joyfully shares insights about discovering that suffering is optional. She speaks from her own experience about the possibility of moving from common everyday problems to living in the deepest acceptance and peace. Gail's work as a therapist emanates from aware presence overflowing with possibility. has special expertise working with older adults and their families, bringing clear seeing and compassion to the transitions of aging, death, and dying. Find Gail at, where she offers articles, conversation, and free guided audio meditations. You can also sign up to receive updates about her forthcoming book, "The Way of Yes: Finding Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life."

3 Responses to “Suffering is Optional: video with Gail Brenner”

  1. October 29, 2018 at 12:07 am, Greg Donner said:

    Releasing thoughts and feelings, an emptying of our mind… thank you Gail for bringing the contents of our mind to the light and to awareness for healing.

  2. October 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm, jrrarey1 said:

    Yes, suffering comes when we have triggers and freeze those thoughts and feelings into a concrete ‘real’ identity.

    instead truly allowing those traumas to come up in consciousness and then let them go. That’s how healing happens!

    Beautiful, engaging and compassionate talk, Gail—Thank you!

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