Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness, Tuesday June 16th, 5-6pm
The fear and anxiety around COVID-19 has spread almost faster than the disease itself. The myriad of worries, “what ifs,” uncertainty and loss has hijacked us. And it feels awful. Some of our worries are actually happening though most of our fears likely won’t come to pass. They are creations of our mind that lead us further into a state of stress and fear. Enter mindfulness.
Mindfulness teaches us how to “be” in here and now, rather than in living in the world of worry. It helps us examine what it really happening vs. what “could” happen. And when we are more present, we feel less helpless. This, in turn, lowers our stress level, makes us feel better, sharpens our decision-making, and helps us to be more connected with our team members and family.
This Webinar is for you if…
• Are anxious and feel hijacked by worrisome thoughts
• Are curious about mindfulness
• Want to acquire more tools to help manage anxiety
In this Webinar, you will learn:
• What Mindfulness IS and is NOT
• Symptoms of Anxiety
• Mindful Tools to Help Manage Anxiety
Gaining Clarity Through Your Inner Wisdom, August 2020
Our life lessons, particularly those from challenging events, are our most profound teachers. These lessons are the gifts of the Middle. I call this Accrued Wisdom. These lessons of living are especially important during stressful, uncharted times; when it’s not clear what to do, we can draw on our Accrued Wisdom. And yet, we consistently neglect to pull from this wealth of knowledge and experience.
To activate our wisdom, we have to take the time and re-examine our learning and our truths. What lies beyond these “known lessons” is a deeper layer of wisdom – a subconscious wisdom just hidden from our day-to-day attention.
By taking time in this workshop you will unlock and harvest your Accrued Wisdom. We will reflect upon and explore our conscious wisdom. We will then use a guided meditation to delve into our “less known,” intuitive wisdom. Together, our conscious and intuitive wisdom, can help us navigate this challenging time.
Contact Shayna if Interested
Introduction to Meditation: Practical Tools to Enhance Mental Well-Being, Tuesday, June 9th 5:00 PT.
Embrace the Middle is teaming up with The San Diego NAACP to introduce you to meditation.
The relationship between meditation and mental health is clear: meditation absolutely improves our mental wellbeing. Whether it’s lowering anxiety, improving sleep, reducing stress, or increasing focus, research shows that meditation works. In this introductory class, you will learn about the concept of meditation and several forms of meditative tools to help during these challenging times.
Registration now closed.
Registration is required to receive the link.
All Day Embracing the Middle Workshop
DUE TO COVID-19 , THIS WORKSHOP WAS POSTPONED.
This intensive workshop is for you if you are in midlife, wanting greater self-awareness, open to questioning long-held beliefs and behaviors, and ready to courageously take steps toward a more fulfilling next stage of your life.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” Brene Brown
Next Workshop: Fall 2020
DUE TO COVID-19, THIS EVENT WILL RESUME VIRTUALLY AT A DATE TBD
For most of us, treating others with compassion comes naturally. When we see someone suffering or in distress, our heart instinctively goes out to them. But what about when we are struggling? How do we typically respond to our own pain? If you are like most people, that gentleness you display towards others is replaced with self-criticism and judgment. This, in turn, adds a second layer of pain.
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 compassion we extend to others.
Next Series: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 11-12 pm
Location: Congregation Beth Israel,
9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Register Below or Contact Shayna
Embracing Forgiveness From the Middle
Most people think of Forgiveness as a dramatic moment when one or both people decide to forgive a past transgression and make amends. This is NOT what this series is about. It’s about healing our own resentment in order to enable us to move on. Read More
Approaching Forgiveness over a series of weeks allows the myriad of emotions and complexity of the process to gradually unfold over time.
Mindfulness and Cider: The New Happy Hour
What do you get when you mix Mindfulness with Cider? The best tasting cider you’ve ever had! (And possibly the funnest mindfulness lesson you’ve ever had). Put simply, mindfulness is bringing full awareness to the here and now, especially through the senses, like taste, touch, and smell. In this fun, women-only evening, we will use samplers of cider to lean about mindfulness and to bring the mindful experience to life.
Shayna Kaufmannn, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist and 15-year Zen Meditation practitioner, will guide your learning. This complimentary evening is offered under her Embrace the Middle business and teachings. No meditation experience necessary. The teaching and guided meditations are complimentary but the participants will have to purchase their own cider flights for tasting. (A sampler of three ciders costs $11).
When: Coming in May 2019~
Where: Bivouac Ciderworks, 3986 30th Street, San Diego, CA. 92104
Limited to first 15 women to register. Kindly RSVP:
Contact Shayna if Interested
Introduction to Mindfulness
The buzz around mindfulness is well deserved! People who practice it consistently know themselves better, connect more deeply with others, have less anxiety and depression, respond to life’s challenges more gracefully, and appreciate the gifts of presence. Mindfulness refines our quality of “being” as we tread through our experience of “doing.”
Shayna draws from her 14 years of dedicated Zen practice and regular meditation retreats to guide your learning. She will introduce you to the basic concepts and foundational practices of mindfulness and use guided meditations for experiential learning. No prior mindfulness or meditation experience necessary
Self Care and Compassion
Self Care Happens ON and BENEATH the Skin
Ruthi Swartzberg, Aesthetician and Owner of Oasis Day Spa and Shayna are teaming up to expertly and gently guide you to:
- Cultivate Compassionate Self Talk to Reduce Negativity
- Nurture You Skin to Enhance Self Confidence
- Apply Lovingkindness to Heal Your Body and Mind
- Understand What Your Skin Needs to Thrive
The evening will be held at the La Jolla Crossroads Clubhouse on November 15, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
This event is complimentary though registration of required for planning purposes.
We hope you join us for an evening of nurturing your skin and spirit.
To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-care-and-self-compassion-an-evening-of-nurturing-your-skin-and-spirit-tickets-50677476697
Embracing Our Bodies From the Middle
Body-rejecting beliefs such as “My thighs are too big,” “My boobs are too saggy” and, of course, “I’m fat!” often play like non-stop recordings in our head. What would it mean and feel like to actually accept and love our bodies in their entirety? Read More
“The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” (author unknown)