Speaker Series #1: Maxwell Pearl

Self-compassion and embodiment.
All People


7:00 pm -
  8:30 pm ET
One 90 minute online session


Prerequisite(s): None
Delivery: One 90 minute online session
Time Zone: Eastern Time
Jun 26, 2022  
7:00 pm -
  8:30 pm
From: $25


Self-compassion and its companion, self-lovingkindness are important qualities for full embodiment and erotic aliveness. Our inner critic or even inner self-hatred can create blocks for us to fully inhabit our bodies – blocks to fully feeling whatever is present for us.

Being marginalized in our society, whether it be race, sexuality, gender identity, size, ability, or other reasons, can mean that we are told by society that our bodies aren’t normal, or the optimal model of what bodies should be. And there are impossible standards of beauty that no one can actually reach.  All of these processes can lead us to a place of criticism or hatred of our bodies.

How do we overcome this? How can cultivating compassion and lovingkindness for ourselves and our bodies make a difference? How can we use self-compassion to help awaken our erotic lives?

Max will talk about what these qualities are, talk a little about the psychological and neuroscience research that exists about self-compassion, and also introduce some practices for cultivating compassion and lovingkindess towards ourselves.


Maxwell Pearl
Max (he/him) is a Black, queer, kinky, trans man who has been on a life-long journey of learning about and re-connecting to his body. He has been fascinated by the body, the spirit, and culture, and more particularly, the ways in which these meet, interact, and connect. He has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a Certificate in Theological Studies. He started a Buddhist meditation practice in 1990. He has been trained in a wide variety of embodiment modalities, including Authentic Movement and classical Tantra. He has spent his vocational life in a wide variety of endeavors, from academia, to non-profit technology, and most recently, teaching mindfulness, emotional awareness, consent, and embodiment. He is a facilitator of the Wheel of Consent, and a member of the EroSomatic Arts Collective. He also explores the topics of body, culture, and spirit as a multi-genre writer, publishing fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. He lives and works on a ranch in unceded Kashia Pomo territory, also known as Cazadero, California.


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