FREE CLASS

Learn Mindfulness Skills to reduce stress and anxiety in your daily life.

September 23, 7-9 pm @ Kazoo Books on Parkview Avenue

If you like the free class and want to continue learning you are invited to register for our 8-Week Mindful Living 1 Course (September 30-November 18), see brief description below.

The 8-/Week Mindful Living 1 Course teaches skills to move you from emotional chaos to emotional, clarity and balance and uses a Workbook titled:  Emotional Chaos to Clarity by Phillip Moffit, a leader in Mindfulness Training and Personal Coaching. You will learn a variety of critical Life Balance Skills that help you experience a sense of ease and direction in your life which supports overall health and well-being, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, worry, depression and more. 

Hope to see you at the Free Mindfulness Skills Class on September 23, 7-9 pm at Kazoo Books 2314 Parkview Avenue.  Parking is located in rear of building off Book Alley. If you decide to take the full 8-week course tuition can be paid on September 30 at the Second class session.  
Tuition is $225 and scholarships available. Call Eric @ 269-553-6621 for information or email ericvnelson1@gmail.com

Detailed Description of the 8- Week – Mindful Living 1 Course. September 30-November 18, 7-9 pm @ Kazoo Books.

When life doesn’t go the way we planned or hoped, we sometimes collapse into emotional chaos, which can lead us to make poor decisions and act unwisely. This chain of events can create a great deal of suffering for us. However, it’s possible to relate to the disappointment and difficulty in our lives without stress and anguish. Emotional chaos is the result of reactive mind states. You know all too well what reactive mind states are—anger, anxiety, frustration, irritation, restlessness, worry, insecurity, doubt, obsession, etc.

These reactive mind states are not your fault really. Life is unpredictable and sometimes painful, so of course it generates mental and emotional chaos. But you don’t have to helplessly submit to your mind being tossed around willy-nilly by these inner storms.

There is a way to move from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to a state of clarity in which you are able to respond to people and situations from a responsive mind state. Your responsive mind state knows what you are about. It allows you to stay grounded in your deepest values even in the face of life’s uncertainty. You experience clarity that allows you to act with wisdom and stay true to what matters most to you. This abiding wisdom yields a sense of ease and direction in life that I call skillful living.

Course Benefits Students have reported: 

  • You know and act from your core values at all times
  • You gain wisdom from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
  • You can discern between thoughts, words, and actions that cause harm and those that do not, and you act accordingly.
  • You know your true nature, the essence of your character, and how to protect it.
  • You accept gain and loss equally and derive insight from each.
  • You have an inner life in which love can flourish, even if your outer life is filled with challenges.
  • You learn to speak only what is true, useful, and timely, even during moments of anger and outrage.
  • You are not controlled by your views and opinions or the story of your past, but rather you have a “don’t know” mind that responds wisely to whatever you encounter in life.
  • You have the ability to soothe yourself whenever you feel disappointed or overwhelmed by life.

Course Outline: 

Week 1:  Understanding the Mind and Emotions.  Reactivity and negativity bias.  Establishing a Meditation Practice. Four Phase Meditation Practice

Week 2: Getting to Know Your Essential Self. Mindful walking practice.

Week 3: Living an Intentional Life based on Core Values. Three-step breathing practice.

Week 4: Starting Over When We Forget our Core Values.

Week 5: Letting Go of Expectation

Saturday Retreat – 9:30-4 pm

Week 6: Balancing Priorities

Week 7: Starting Your Day with mindful clarity practice.  Directly experiencing life,  understanding the limits of our interpretative mind.

Week 8:  Making Skillful Decisions.

Week 9: Cultivating Loving-Kindness and Compassion.

Hope you can join us on September 23 for our Free Introductory Class.  If you want to take the full 9-week course you can register September 30 at the Second Session of the course. Tuition is $225.  Scholarships available, call Eric @ 269-553-6621 or email ericvnelson1@gmail.com for more information.

The 9-week Mindful Living 1 Course meets for 9 consecutive Monday’s from September 23-November 18,  7-9 pm @ Kazoo Books located at 2314 Parkview Avenue, PARKING IS LOCATED IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING, OFF OF BOOK ALLEY. 

Be well and all the best on your journey to health and wholeness.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”        Viktor Frankl