"Cultivating Meaning And Happiness Through Mindfulness And Yoga"

About This Event

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people. We must learn to transcend any blunt tools we developed over the years — negative self-talk, overreactions, judgments, facades, fears, expectations, passive-aggressive behavior — and replace them with precise tools such as authentic communications, loving relationships, balanced lifestyles, commitments to personal integrity, and yoga and/or meditation practices.

In this workshop, we will explore specific practices that encourage more meaning and happiness in our lives. We will determine our long-term goals and the skills we should cultivate to realize them. There will be all-level Vinyasa flow yoga classes as well as restorative yoga classes, and we will practice myriad mindfulness meditations to cultivate non-reactivity in order to reduce drama and de-escalate conflicts. Most importantly, we will learn how to replace the resentments that our minds create with gratitude.

“Ira Israel’s work intimately speaks to us all at a level of wisdom and compassion that leads to authenticity, joy, and freedom. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” ~ Reverend Michael Beckwith “Ira Israel speaks with wisdom and power about the central psychological issues of our day. His voice is a gift to all who are seeking to find their way.” ~ Marianne Williamson “Ira Israel has discovered the way to be fully mature and keep a childlike sense of wonder. In print and in person he is a delight to be with.” ~ Sam Keen “The cultural illusions that my dear friend Ira Israel so elegantly unpacks in this deep-thinking dive into the heart of being human are nothing short of a revelation.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas “It is a helpful blend of psychology east and west… a subject that is dear to my own heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield “Ira Israel draws upon a broad and deep array of knowledge to brilliantly expand the paradigm of mindfulness by making us conscious of everything we absorb unconsciously in culture. Few thinkers give us more tools to guide us through the minefield preceding personal empowerment than Israel.” ~ Warren Farrell “How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult weaves together the wisdom of reflection, the beauty of art and the rigor of clinical practice. The wealth of ideas and practices in this illuminating work will be of benefit to all of us welcoming a new way of perceiving that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.” ~ Shauna Shapiro “With mastery and wit, Ira Israel challenges us to make a journey— from the identity we constructed to protect us as children, to authentic adults living a creative, meaningful and joyful life.” ~ Allan Badiner “With this comprehensive and engaging book, Ira Israel stations himself on the cutting edge where modern psychology meets authentic spirituality. Many books that attempt to synthesize East and West fail to do justice to either, and many that draw from a broad range of sources remain on the surface of each. This one draws deeply from ancient traditions such as Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism and blends their wisdom seamlessly with the pragmatic insights of science. Readers will find it illuminating and transformational.” ~ Phil Goldberg

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Tags: authenticity buddhism hinduism meditation philosophy psychology relationships vedanta yoga

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