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In this class, the participants will write, reflect, meditate and engage in discussions about what it means to free ourselves from fragmentation and to find ourselves whole again. Fragmentation of the self has unintended consequences. Often, the consequences are depression, anxiety and blocked creativity. At the root of depression, anxiety and blocked creativity there is fear. Fear of losing what we know, fear of the unknown. Fear comes from attachment to particular outcomes.
This class is informed by the Buddhist way of living and seeing the world. We’ll focus on the four Noble Truths: 1) There is suffering in life. 2) The cause of suffering is craving. 3) There is an end to suffering when we stop craving. 4) There is a path which leads away from craving and suffering. We’ll also discuss the four “immeasurables:” Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.
This class would benefit individuals who are on the path of self-discovery as well as those who facilitate self-discovery to others. Therapists are ideal candidates. The material is designed for individuals who are curious about how to integrate the multiple parts of their lives into a cohesive wholeness. Individuals who are interested in having a regular integral practice in their lives, that is a practice that includes living with integrity and excellence, becoming more alive and creative, mindful movement, sitting meditation, walks in nature and willingness to grapple with important questions about the meaning of life. Lastly, this class is for individuals interested in creating more psychological flexibility, so they can embrace life with curiosity, detachment and depth.
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Introductions and discussion of the material and other logistics (1 hour).
Discussing the principles behind Mindful Writing, with some hands-on activities (1 hour).
Discussing the four pathways to wholeness, each pathway includes a poem that guides to introspection (1 hour).
Closing discussions and intentions for future practice. (1 hour)
- The participants will be able to explain what mindfulness is and how it informs daily living.
- The participants will be able to describe the utilitarian use of poetry in the therapeutic context.
- The participants will walk away with resources they can apply with themselves and those they served.
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives