Science tells us that stress causes illness, and that stress is a factor in many of our modern-day diseases. And yet, there are so many stress-causers around us: difficult people, worrisome projections about the future, issues from the past, feelings of fear, frustration, anger, guilt—all working to overwhelm us. In this class, using the perspectives of behavioral science, philosophy, wisdom traditions, and more, we will become aware of both the external and internal stressors in our lives, and we will learn specific techniques to begin to change our perspectives, and open up our mindsets. We will also discover remedies passed down from sages of multiple spiritual traditions that address our inner stresses. Through class discussion and specific techniques, we will actively understand how to overcome negative obstacles to peace-of-mind. We will learn how to access our inner serenity, and then understand how to abide in this peaceful aware state, in order to better handle stressful situations. We will explore ways we can change our current stressful thought patterns so that we may operate from a space in which we will be aware of all that arises for us in each moment. Most importantly, we will learn how to respond to the great invitation that life extends to us —to be part of the aliveness and poignancy of each present moment of our lives. Class materials provided. (A limited enrollment class)
Many people have conflicts in the realm of intimacy because of fears of exploitation or abandonment, thereby blocking closeness and interfering with commitments to others. We will discuss patterns formed in childhood that interfere with intimacy, creating villainous, vicious cycles. We will explore the “discipline of love,” including the importance of self-love, in the face of others’ imperfect or improper behavior. In this series, we will examine the difficulties of holding onto oneself, while attempting to maintain a healthy marriage, rear a family, and pursue a career. We will examine the need in relationships to work through betrayals of all kinds in order to reach healthy levels of acceptance, understanding, and growth. Together we will define a good wife, a good mother, a good business partner and a good career, finding the balance between self-actualization and self-sacrifice.