Self-Care Smorgasbord

Steph: Self care is a constant in my world. An ever present job that is part of my day, week, season and year. In order to be a caregiver to my family and students, I must provide myself with that same care and compassion. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Tonight we’ll explore a buffet of self care practices from breathwork, to simple movement, to restorative yoga and meditation. Refills are free and encouraged.

Compassionate Presence

Jude: Caregiving can take many forms, but maybe the most essential form is simply compassionate presence.  It’s easy to get caught up in doing, in trying to fix, in contemplating the endless problems that seem insurmountable… that we can often lose sight of the power and impact of our attention.  Being present with others, and ourselves, can validate our experience in a way that gives us permission to embody it, releasing tension and allowing us to sink into the moment, finding more and more presence and peace with the pain and imperfections of life.  Join us for an exploration of how we can cultivate and radiate this sense of compassionate presence.

Connecting with Nature for Self- Regulation

Warren: We grow up being surrounded and supported by the land whether we realize it or not. Many of us don’t receive much guidance in building a supportive relationship with nature. In this session we will explore ways of connecting with and mirroring nature to help bring calm, groundedness and peace to our nervous system.

What’s Your Love-Gauge At?

Luke: Whether we know it or not, we all have a built in love tank. But, unlike the relatively intuitive and easy to read gas gauge in a car, it’s up to each of us to develop the skills in order to monitor the levels of love in our tanks and figure out how to fill’em up. One way to help keep our love tanks topped up is to understand which love languages resonate for us and, more specifically, the dialects within the language that’s most aligned for us. Are we filling our tanks with diesel when we are really needing regular gas? Oh, and make it 92 octane, please.

Trauma-Sensitive Styles

Erin: Since much of my own dysregulation stems from trauma, the best way I’ve found to regulate myself in troubled times involves a trauma-sensitive approach. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll explore ways to shore ourselves up and calm ourselves down using breath, touch, and pendulation between inner and outer experience.