Embodied Presence

Workshop Description: 

A yearlong self-focused study in Compassion, Positivity and Resilience using Open Floor Movement Practice, Mindfulness Meditation, Self Compassion and Interpersonal Neurobiology

"Two processes determine the quality of our experience; the actual events that happen to and around us, and the habits that convert these events into information, meaning and feeling." Ron Kurtz

Action tendencies are how we organize our experience of life to help us make sense of the world around us and to navigate our way through it.  These action tendencies are made up of beliefs, physical patterns of movement and emotional responses which create habits that are familiar and constant in our lives.  Some of these habitual beliefs are not "accurate" but we sense them as real and true because we tend to interpret events through the lens of these beliefs.  These habits have great power over the quality of our daily lives as they tend to operate form outside our conscious awareness.  Some of these habits cause us pain and and stress yet these habits are always available to be uncovered and changed.

The intention on this Embodied Presence study course is: To encourage an awareness of our organization of experience on the physical, mental and emotional and spiritual levels; to understand our experiences and to transform the old unhelpful habits into new more healthy, positive and compassionate ways of living our lives.

Embodied Presence bring together elements of Open Floor Movement Practice, Pema Chondron's Mindfulness Meditation, Kristen Neff's Self-Compassion and Daniel Siegel's Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Through the integration of these very distinct practices course participants will undertake a focused study of Compassion Positivity and Resilience leading them to an "Embodied Presence".  The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, movement, sitting meditations and will involve homework and practice between modules.