The holidays are approaching! How do you feel about that?
For some of us, holidays trigger tension and anxiety that affect our natural tendency to feel gratitude, generosity, and joy. For others who have experienced loss or change in their lives, the absence of loved ones during holidays may arouse sensations of disconnect and loneliness. The Community Education Program at CGCC is here to help. “We’ve been tracking input from Gorge residents who say that even in this high amenity area with abundant holiday events that the holidays can be a difficult time for some people,” says Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at CGCC. “In response, we asked Ellen Donoghue, PhD, instructor of our Cultivating Inner Strengths classes to offer this unique and timely seminar. Ellen is an inspirational speaker and aliveness coach who helps people cultivate inner strengths to enhance a lasting sense of well-being,” Burd adds.
This seminar offers teachings and practices that help us cultivate positive sensations as we approach the upcoming holidays. Understand why it is easy to get stressed as we “rev up” for holiday activities. Learn simple practices done in the everyday flow of life to anchor in calm, gratitude, kindness, and joy. The new seminar “Mindfulness Practices for Joyful Holidays” is November 5th from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the Hood River campus – right in time for the approaching holidays!
Instructor Ellen Donoghue, PhD, is a social scientist with a core area of research on well-being, resiliency, and the connections between people and nature. Ellen draws on Buddhist psychology and other wisdom traditions to help people grow inner-strengths for lasting well-being. Contact Ellen or learn more about her aliveness coaching services at www.ardentnature.com.