*****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

***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