Our new Mindful Relationships Workshop
Neuroscience has proven what people intuitively know — human beings need connection: we’re neurologically wired for it and psychologically dependent on it to thrive. This innate need and capacity requires early, consistent experiences with attuned and secure parents in order to develop. Research tells us, however, that 45% of all adults in the U.S. have not experienced the kind of parenting that provides the foundation for the neurological patterning of lifelong feelings of safety, security, and well-being, the underpinnings of healthy adult relationships.
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS. Recent neuroscience has also discovered that we can build new neural pathways, ones which lead to stable, meaningful, and happy relationships. The skills which reflect this re-patterning are the same characteristics of people who experienced healthy, attuned childhood relationships and are present in people who practice mindfulness. These skills include:
- Management of the body’s reactions
- Regulation of fear reactivity
- Emotional resilience
- Response flexibility
- Insight (self knowing)
- Empathy and attunement - within self and with others
- Perspective shift from “me” to “we”
In this 2½ hour class, we explore these fundamentals of how to improve relationships with others - at home or at work - through mindful awareness and an open heart:
- What it means to have a Mindful Heart
- Getting to the root of relationship patterns such as blame, defensiveness, avoiding conflict, and shutting down
- Letting go of unhelpful narratives about ourselves, our partner, and our relationships
- 6 mindfulness practices that nourish and sustain relationships
- Practical benefits of mindfulness in relationships
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practice
- Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
- Group dialogue and small group exercises
- Guided audio files for home practice
- A handout with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
1 classroom session: Tuesday evening March 21st, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(directions and map available here)
Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson
$30 - $60 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).
Two types of scholarship assistance are available:
Paying on the low end of the sliding fee scale: please use this option if at all possible.
Applying for scholarship assistance: if the low end represents a financial hardship, we have limited additional scholarship funds available. Special consideration is given to military veterans. The link to open a scholarship application is at the bottom of the page during the registration process.
Our funding for scholarships is from donations. Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund.
Use the "Register" button (above and to the left) or call us at 360-830-6439 ext 0.