Brief, Single Topic Gatherings
Single topic gatherings are an exploration into a single topic over a short time period. The format of the evening, regardless of the topic, consists of mini lectures, guided meditations, and experiential exercises that enable you to apply the learning to your unique situation. The intimate group format is especially designed to create space and pace for meaningful sharing, support and input.
Embracing Our Bodies From the Middle
“My thighs are too big,” “My boobs are too saggy,” “My butt's too big (no, I mean too small),” “My wrinkles are awful,” “I hate my muffin top” and, of course, “I’m fat!” Sound familiar? And for every gripe, there’s a diet, a product, a chemical, a treatment or a class that’s guaranteed to fix it. But what if we didn’t need fixing? What would it mean if we actually accepted and loved our bodies in their entirety, with all of their wonder and imperfections? In this gathering, we will examine our beliefs and feelings about our bodies, why we insist on hanging onto them, and move towards literally “Embracing our Middle.”
Embracing Our Limiting Beliefs From The Middle
Limiting Beliefs are old and outdated thoughts that keep us stuck. They are usually rooted in childhood and, at that time, may have served us well. For example, painful childhood experiences may have caused us to develop beliefs such “I can’t trust people” or “It’s better not to say anything” as a way to protect ourselves from future pain. However, these beliefs often became established as facts and we began to behave accordingly. As adults, they don't necessarily serve us though we seldom stop to ask if they are true or outdated. This gathering will help you identify, examine, and challenge some of your limiting beliefs and the behavior that ensues. You will leave with updated life affirming beliefs that nourish and inspire the current you.
Introduction to Mindfulness
What is it? Why the buzz about it? And how does one practice it? This gathering will provide an introduction to the concept and process of Mindfulness. Through experiential processes and guided meditations, Shayna will guide you to explore what is means to be mindful in real-time. No meditation experience necessary. But openness and curiosity are a must 🙂
For most of us, treating others with kindness and compassion comes naturally. This is especially true when we see someone experiencing physical or emotional pain and our heart instinctively goes out to them. But what about how we treat ourselves? Do we exhibit the same kindness and compassion to ourselves as we do to others? If you are like most people, the answer is no. When it comes to ourselves, harsh judgement and self-criticism is the norm, which creates a second level of pain. The gentleness we extend to others seems to elude our own self-narrative and care.
In this gathering, you will learn:
- What it means to be Self-Compassionate
- What Blocks Self Compassion
- Tools to Cultivate Self Compassion
With awareness and practice, we can learn to treat ourselves with the same gentleness and kindness we extend to others.