Try a Being Your Own Best Friend class….
If you curious about Focusing and looking for a gentle introduction, this space is for you! It’s also an ideal space for an experienced Focuser to work on these particular inner themes with the benefit of a weekly structure. Being Your Own Best Friend is centered around exploring and improving your relationship with yourself from wherever it is now. You will deepen your sense of trust within. We’ll explore how our brain works using current neuroscience concepts. We’ll use various body awareness, mindfulness and Focusing activities to become familiar with our own individual inner processes around what it means for us to be our own best friend.
Each session of five classes will have a theme we work more deeply with. They are:
Self-Criticism/Judgement for Winter/Spring – Inner Critics, particularly severe ones, can be tough to understand and with consistent clarity around keeping your inner world a safe place for all along with radical gentleness, they do change. Ready for more peace within? This is the place.
Self-Care Habits for Summer – Our emphasis here is on bringing the power of the pause into our daily life. Really bringing Presence to how we are taking care of our body-mind-soul. We do embodiment exercises here. We explore the latest research on trauma and the shame/connection complex.
Loneliness for Fall – This is a great opportunity to get better at ‘being with’, this is a Focusing skill that many of us have little experience with. Our culture certainly does not encourage us to practice it. And, it is a vital skill for the more challenging emotions like loneliness, shame, and pain of all kinds.
Classes will include time for sensing within yourself, mindfulness exercises to adapt into your daily life, opportunities to become more familiar with how to navigate your inner landscape, Presence language exercises, writing, art and body awareness/movement activities and possibly a Demo of Focusing-in-action. There will be some reading and handouts provided by email. We will not be partnering with others in the class here, only working individually. Focusing experience is not required, although it will certainly add to what you get from this class. You will be able to go deeper on the themes offered here if you already have experience.
The uses of Focusing that apply particularly to the topic of Being Your Own Best Friend include:
- practicing self-compassion
- making clear decisions
- knowing what you really feel and want
- releasing emotional burdens
- transforming inner critics
- nurturing a sense of self worth
- being an accepting understanding friend
- improve overall communication skills
- increase patience, intentionality, gratitude and body awareness
- getting clearer on our place in the world
Being Your Own Best Friend will be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer. Classes will meet five times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75.
**I am not offering the fall class for 2019 in order to spend more time writing Smartview Stories, the children’s Focusing books that are in process. Once they are closer to publication, I expect to restart these classes. Likely, I’ll be ready for this spring session in March 2020. Thank you for understanding!**
BEST FRIENDS ADULT VIDEOCONFERENCE SPRING SESSION ~FOCUS ON SELF-CRITICISM – 2020 DATES
5 Monday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm EST, 6:00pm – 7:30pm CST, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST
March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30
Course fee $75
Please include your name and email with the payment. I will contact you with confirmation of your registration.
If you prefer, you are welcome to email me HERE to ask questions, register and pay via check or cash. I am also open to payment plans.
For the Video Web Conference class, we will be utilizing a program called Zoom. You will need to download it onto your computer or phone to join us via video. You’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the US. With zoom, you are in control of your video and audio, and have access to a chat space to type in comments or responses. Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!