*****Soul-Full Conversations: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Jan 17, 31, Feb 14, 28 (Th) 10–11:30 am $85 (Pre-registration required.)

Oprah has chosen Becoming for her book club, so let’s join the fun and have our own soulful conversations about this strong, smart, sensitive woman who served as our First Lady from 2009—2017. Writing the day after the 2016 Presidential election, Otto Scharmer, creator of Theory U and economist at MIT, pointed to Michelle Obama “as the only effective voice against” candidate Trump. He went on to explain: When you watch her speeches in New Hampshire and Phoenix you see the answer: she responded to him not with hate and fear. Instead, she spoke with empathy, authentic reflection, and compassion. She courageously exposed her own vulnerability showing up as a human being. Michelle Obama also does not primarily focus on the “opponent,” but rather on her own experience, her own opening process, and on the positive future that she feels is wanting to emerge. That’s what it takes to be a warrior of the third category, a warrior of the open heart: as you engage the current moment, your eye is on the future that is seeking to emerge—not on the past that you try to fight against.
Please join us for a thoughtful discussion on how Michelle Obama might serve as a guide to our own “becoming” and help us focus on the positive future that is wanting to emerge and how we, too, can become “warriors of the open heart” who face the future and bring about change with wisdom and compassion.
Patricia Speier, DMin

***Group Spiritual Direction

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5, 12 Mar 5, 12 (T) 10-11:30am $195 (Pre-registration required.) Pre-requisite: One class in the Core Curriculum
Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real

8-week series

“The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold. This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the traps of our perceptions and preoccupations.” -Richard Rohr, Just This
In this group we will look at what it means to develop a compassionate heart and to see life from a contemplative stance. The contemplative sees life as it is and not as she imagines it to be or wishes it to be. We will draw on readings from poets, philosophers, and mystics to help guide us along the path of equanimity and loving kindness.
We will use, Just This by Richard Rohr as our primary text in this group. A limited number of these books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove.

***Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

Jan 26 (Sa) 9am-3pm Location: Seton Cove 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education $100 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD

Qi Gong Workshop & Bi-Weekly Practice Sessions with Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD

Qi Gong Bi-Weekly Practice Sessions (5-Part Series) Jan 14, 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25 (M) 9:30am-10:30am $110 (Includes healthy snacks. Pre-registration required.)

Qi Gong is a branch of traditional Chinese Medicine that is practiced by millions throughout the world every day. It has roots dating back thousands of years. The word “Qi” (chee) means life force energy and the word “Gong” means skill or cultivation. Thus Qi Gong is the cultivation of the life force energy by focusing the mind on breathing deeply while making gentle movements with a focused intention that creates healing potential in the body and allows Qi to circulate in the organs, glands and tissues to maximize their function.
Dr. Bocangel returns to the Cove, by popular demand, to lead biweekly practice sessions throughout the quarter. Dr. Bocangel will focus on the Integral Nine Phases of Qi Gong and will guide participants in the cultivation of a deeper awareness of the Qi (energy) within the body and mind as well as cultivation of a deeper connection with the earth and cosmos. Qi Gong is an evidence-based integrative medicine practice suitable for health maintenance and improvement, it has multiples benefits from strength, joint mobility, reduction of stress, increase of balance, flexibility, coordination, and improvement of the immune system. Don’t miss these engaging practice sessions to explore the art and science of Qi Gong with Dr. Bocangel!
Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD, LAc, MAcOM

Soft Readiness: Mindfulness and Resilience Training with CFM-Certified MBSR® Teacher, Geeta Cowlagi

Mar 8 (F) 9:30am-11:30am $45 (Pre-registration required.)

The practice of Mindfulness has been defined as a training in “soft readiness.” Just as we train our bodies to be strong, and just as we plan our financial lives to save for a rainy day, we are also invited to train our mind, heart and spirit to meet life fully as it unfolds. Anything can and often does happen in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Love and loss are inevitable for us mortal beings. Training in “readiness” allows us to open to the unexpected and inevitable changes in our lives with gentle strength, resilience and courage instead of panic, anxiety, judgment or reactivity. And training in “softness” allows us to meet these challenges with kindness, wisdom, love and compassion. Ultimately, this path of loving presence opens us to the gifts of grace, peace and joy even as we learn to accept the unbearable moments of our lives.
This is a journey of awakening our heart and soul to courage, wisdom and kindness in the face of fear and difficulty. It is a path to freedom.
Geeta Cowlagi, CMBSR