Relationships: A Month of Mindful Connection ($39)
A month of mindfulness focused on relationships. Bring awareness to interactions with yourself, others, and the world. Explore your emotions. Identify your needs and strengths. Practice deep listening and skillful speech (inward and outward). Understand and release fear and blame. Feed your heart hunger. Change habitual “dances” with people, devices, and the news. Become more present in your life. Utilize expressive writing, guided meditations, and everyday awareness exercises. Practice in ordinary, doable ways with both a teacher and a community.It’s possible to create meaningful, wholehearted relationships. Small steps have big impact. Register now.
Each week, there are four lessons, which include teachings, guided meditations, reflections, writing prompts, and everyday practice suggestions. Each lesson is an accessible path to connection, understanding, and growth. If you choose to enroll, the teachings are available not just for a month, but all year long. (I host this class on a protected page of my website, to which you have lifetime access.) This is a "live" course, in that it's happening now, but there's no particular time you need to show up. Take in the posts as they come or digest them during the weekend—whatever works best for you.
PROLOGUE: Logistics, first practice, and exploration of relationships
WEEK 1 (You): Opening to vulnerability, identifying needs, and understanding strengths; connection space
WEEK 2 (Others): Releasing fear and blame, deep listening, and skillful speech; connection space
WEEK 3 (The World): News, devices and social media, and heart hunger; connection space
WEEK 4 (Daily Life): Forming new habits, changing a “dance,” and being present; connection space
It’s helpful to look inside the class; to see, feel, and experience an example lesson. Here’s an excerpt: Feed your Heart Hunger.
Because this course is live—happening now—we practice and share as community. Your connection is personal, done in private and at your own pace, yet there's safe space to share your experience and hear from others. This makes us feel less alone and more brave. We all have yays and difficulties, insights and roadblocks. You move through this course on your own, yet supported by me and the other participants.
Mindful connection is accessible to everyone. It's possible to heal and grow relationships, even in the busyness. It's possible to make conscious choices. It's possible to understand ourselves and others in ways that invite genuine connection. Here's a video invitation from me (it’s less than 2 minutes and describes the class in a personal, heartfelt way):
We often sabotage our own efforts by thinking circumstances must be perfect and changes big, but I suggest a different philosophy: start right where you are and make small steps. If you want more connection, love, and understanding in your life, then you must begin. Commit to yourself for a month and also let things be imperfect, messy, and real. Join the class on your own. Or join with a group of friends, family, or coworkers. Do whatever supports your practice and your willingness to begin. Registration continues all year long. You're warmly welcome. (If you have questions, please contact me.) Everyone is taking their time, moving through material at a pace that works for them. It’s a beautiful community space. Please join us!