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***Group Spiritual Direction

July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 Sept 1, 15, 22, 29 (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

“As all mountains stand on the ground,
As all trees root in the soil,
As all rivers flow to the sea, 
There’s a substance under all life
That joins us and holds us up.”  ~ Mark Nepo, Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living
 
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 Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes for Living by poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo as our primary text in this group. These books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove

ONLINE: Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $75 (Preregistration required.) 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education Presented virtually via Zoom
 
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

Open Mind, Open Heart

Thursdays, 9–10am Free (please pre-register for the Zoom link)
Contemplative prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within. This method is not meant to replace other forms of prayer; rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates a process of interior transformation. According to Fr. Thomas Keating—founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and Contemplative Outreach—“Our way of seeing reality changes in this process; and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers us to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists.” This dynamic process evolves not by strategy, but through a personal love-relationship with God.

Please join us for 20 minutes of contemplative prayer, as well as reflective reading, discussion, and support. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Daniel Hope, MA
Thursdays, 9–10am