Each Thursday morning we explore a topic on growing inner strengths to cultivate a foundation for lasting happiness. Topics include self-compassion, silencing an over-vocal inner critic, letting go of hurts and regrets, working with anxiety and fear, and growing inner strengths of calm, confidence, and gratitude, to name a few. Each session includes a talk, a mindfulness practice to learn and integrate into your life, and discussion. You may want to bring a notebook.
Many of the teachings and practices are based on the work of Dr. Rick Hanson, psychologist, meditation teacher, and author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness. Modern humans inherited a nervous system that predisposes us to exaggerate the bad, undervalue our capabilities, and become easily susceptible to anxiety, fear, self-doubt, and judgement of ourselves and others. Fortunately, recent advances in neuroscience reveal that with simple mindfulness practices done in the everyday flow of life we can lay down neural structure that tilts the brain toward the positive enhancing our well-being in lasting ways. “The mind takes the shape of where it rests,” explains Dr. Hanson. Join us and “take in the good” of your life.
Instructor: Ellen Donoghue, PhD, is a social scientist and experienced instructor whose well-being has been enriched by the material offered in these sessions. Since completing Dr. Hanson’s Foundations of Well-being training, Ellen has been teaching and coaching people on cultivating inner strengths for lasting well-being.
Drop-ins welcome. $10. Prior attendance not necessary. For more information please contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.