Want to go about your day feeling grounded, less stressed, and more connected to what matters most in your life? This series of mindfulness-based, compassion-focused workshops is designed to inspire, recharge, and provide you with practical tools you can use in your everyday living and working for a greater sense of well-being.
Over the years, Mind-Body Connections has become a monthly touchstone for many in our GU community. Our workshops are at time of pausing in our busy day to gather and be nourished. Throughout the years together, we have been about deepening insights and learning practices based on the latest research as well as ancient teachings in mindfulness and compassion that inform, nourish, heal, and inspire us at home and work. Together we are creating a more compassionate workplace and world.
Mind-Body Connections 2017-2018
GUWellness Theme: RADICAL KINDNESS
This year, our GUWellness theme is all Radical Kindness! Our offerings will explore everyday ways we can transform our hearts, homes, and world.
Make MBC a Monthly Touchstone.
Consider joining MBC for the whole year. Mark your calendar now and let this gathering be a monthly touchstone that supports, nourishes, and inspires you. We meet the second Wednesday of each month from 2 – 3:15 pm
Note: New Time and Location!!!
This year, we are thrilled to be in the John Main Center/ Remembrance Hall. (formerly John Main Meditation Center) – Library Walk, Across from New South & Gervase Halls, Washington, DC 20007
It’s a beautiful meditation space and we are grateful to hold our Mind-Body Connections workshops here.
NEW TIME: We will meet this year from 2 – 3:15 pm.
Here’s What to Expect:
Each MBC workshop is educational and experiential. We begin by exploring the monthly topic, engage in a meditation related to the topic, and offer practices to take back into our lives at home and work.
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
MBC: 2017 – 2018
September: Radical Kindness
This month, we start the new academic year off with Radical Kindness! Come for a mindful approach to exploring how we can extend kindness to ourselves and others in an often harsh, busy, and disconnected world. Be inspired with kindness practices you can start using in your everyday life.
October: Leading from Within
All of us have a spiritual calling. This month, we focus on how to lead from the place of living out that spiritual calling and being devoted to what’s sacred to you.
November: Start with Regard: Practicing Compassionate Communication
Bring mindfulness and compassion into your interactions at work and home. This workshop will focus on starting with regard – for yourself and others. We’ll explore practices that serve you in relating to coworkers, family, and out in the world!
December: Risking Love and Practicing Radical Tenderness
“There is no intimacy without vulnerability.” – Brene Brown.
“We need a Revolution of Tenderness.” – Pope Francis
Risking love is to risk being vulnerable. And tenderness is a radical approach to being in relationship – with ourselves and each other. This month, we will explore love, intimacy, risk, vulnerability, and tenderness as the sacred invitation of our lifetime.
January: This Holy Ground: awakening delight and discovering beauty in the everyday
Winter is the perfect season to bring our attention to delight and beauty in everyday life. This month, we will explore practices for inclining the mind (and the senses) to “daily delight” and “tender beauty” that heal and nourish the soul.
February: Cultivating Quiet in a Busy and Harsh World
In a world where many of are busy and distracted, February offers us an opportunity to cultivate quiet. Doing so heals the harshness, softens over-tired nerves, and restores us on many levels. Learn and experience skillful ways to cultivate quiet in your day.
March: Healthy Boundaries = Healthy You
As we enter into spring, reassess your commitments. Learn ways of having healthy boundaries – letting your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no.” We’ll be talking limits, keys to healthy relationships, and taking responsibility for your own wellbeing.
April: A Liberated Heart: finding freedom in our everyday lives
This month, we explore this notion of a “liberated heart” and how we can discover and embody freedom in our everyday lives through mindfulness and compassion.
May: Communities of Kindness: transforming our hearts, homes, and world
Let’s start dreaming of what it would be like and what it takes to continue to construct “communities of kindness” that can heal and transform our hearts, homes, workplaces, and world.
PAST MIND-BODY CONNECTIONS TOPICS:
Learning to Nourish the Nervous System
The Power of Setting an Intention
Yoga Movements at your Desk
Focused on What Matters: How to Prime the Mind to Focus
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Focused on Relationships
The Wisdom of Resting: Creating Your Own At-home Retreat
Love in Action
Cleaning Out Clutter in Our Space and Our Lives
Improving Your Emotional Intelligence
An Attitude of Gratitude
Grief, Frustration, and Rage: Mindfulness and Tough Emotions
A Time for Forgiveness
Create Your Own At-Home Retreat
New Years Rituals (not resolutions!) for Soulful Living
Compassion in Action for Yourself and Dear Ones
Cultivating Sacred Space
Guided Imagery for Stress Reduction
Seven Habits of Holistic Well-being
Setting up Your Nervous System for Success
Staying Focused and Nourished: The Power of Play and Delight