Western psychology, like Western culture in general, has an obsession with youth. Most of the theory and research in developmental psychology has been focused on ages 0 - 18. This focus on youth is understandable from a physical perspective: infancy and childhood are marked by rapid physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. But do humans really reach their peak in their twenties only to be followed by a slow, inevitable decline? There is a smaller base of theory and research on the continued growth and development past early adulthood into full maturity. While there is an inevitable physical decline, the capacity for wisdom generation, for compassion, for the ability to learn new things continues throughout life. This class will focus on these positive changes.
Do you have a vision for what you want in your life but don't know how to manifest it into reality? Have you been longing for change in specific areas of your life but don't know how to take the first step? Do you find you can't get unstuck because you procrastinate, or have no energy or time? We will explore these different areas of our lives: • Create Your Best Health: learn the latest in mind-body research • Harness Your Energy: explore time-honored principles • Improve Your Relationships with Others: learn how to deal with difficult people • Develop a Relationship with Yourself: remain centered • Cultivate Peace of Mind: live in the present • Clear Clutter: make goals for the future This class is designed to make your next 12 months the most successful, productive, and transformative ever. (A limited enrollment class)
Since the dark ages, the “Seven Deadly Sins”—envy, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, lust, and pride—have existed as a guide for the faithful on a path to Heaven and a warning to offenders of the pains of hell. Whether one still thinks of them in a religious context as being “sins” or sees them from a secular perspective as vices, these seven undesirable habits of thoughts and behavior can prove deadly—or at least destructive or harmful —to our physical, social, and mental well being. The “Seven Deadly Sins” or vices still have relevance in the 21st century, because they each have something to teach us about how we can avoid personal and social pain in a world that seems to be increasingly unconcerned with morality and ethical behavior. In this course, psychologist Dr. Roberta Diddel will take students through the history of the “Seven Deadly Sins,” why and when they developed, and how Christians understood their meaning before the modern age of Enlightenment (18th century). Students will look at the role they played (and may still play) in the functioning of society, and then examine each “sin” one by one, considering its relevance in contemporary society. These seven definitions of “what not to do” can be used as a guide for directing our approach to relationships, establishing personal standards of moral behavior, and making the complex ethical choices we face nearly every day. In this contemporary age of the erosion of manners, honesty, principled behavior, and honor, we may never have needed it more.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver Wherever we are in the ever-evolving answer to this question, our weekly work together will help us realize the next steps in our plan(s) and how to achieve them. Creative reading and writing will guide us in exploring very individual and universal parts of the self—those that have saved and supported us as well as those that hinder and bind. We will begin with the more conscious and practical self-states like the Protector, Critic, Pleaser, Playful Child, and Perfectionist. These will lead to the more instinctual (often disowned) energies that, when understood and managed, can help us gain the resilience and emotional flexibility to better navigate next steps in our lives. Although sharing discoveries will be on a volunteer basis only, our group journey will inevitably catalyze our understanding of how amazingly versatile and resilient we are. The final part of our work will be to configure and deploy our internal maps to get us more swiftly and safely to our greater good. (A limited enrollment class)