Don't Forget to Put Brian's Talk on Your Calendar
Friend's and Family are All Welcome to Join Us!
Cindy Sasso's Awakening Joy Class Series Begins in September
"Awakening Joy - 10 steps to Happiness" is an international well-known course based on James Baraz’ teachings (which thousands have participated in since 2003) and his book by the same name. This 10-week course is designed to evoke joy through various themes, exercises and group discussion that train the mind towards more well-being and provide deeper insight. We will cultivate joy and well-being using mindfulness; thus learning to see, dwell on and enjoy the good experiences and pleasant moments when they are present. We will learn to embrace ourselves kindly in challenging situations and perhaps even learn to value our own good qualities. Gratitude will also be on the agenda as several studies show how helpful it can be to train this "muscle" as well.
The class is based on "what you practice grows stronger", as well as the knowledge about the brain and plasticity that has been found in neuroscience in this regard. Psychologist and researcher in neuroscience Rick Hanson says that "positive experiences are like teflon for the brain and negative experiences like velcro". In order for positive experiences to be registered in the brain, we need 1) mindfulness to notice the experiences and 2) to dwell / concentrate our attention on the pleasant experiences, so that new neural networks of well-being are formed in the brain. Genetically, we are wired to be on the lookout for the dangers. In this class, we help the brain to be on the lookout for the good moments in life, and we learn to relate kindly to ourselves so new neural networks of joy are formed in the brain.
Board Member Opening
With Elizabeth Ritchie's move to North Carolina we have an opening for a new Board Member. If you are interested in joining the board please reply to this email or phone Roberta at 719-221-1853.
We had a great turnout for our recent yard cleanup and it looks great! Big THANKS to everyone who joined in!!!
There will not be a Sunday Sit on September 4th because of our retreat that weekend.
With gratitude and blessings to all,
The Salida Insight Meditation Community Board