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Wellness Workshops

The Grieving Brain: How We Learn from Love & Loss
Friday, February 9, 2024

"Where empathy says, 'I feel you', compassion says, 'I hold you'
and produces positive emotions." Kristen Neff, Ph.D.

When we care for others who are suffering, the process of empathic
resonance means that we feel their distress as our own. When we
witness someone else in pain, the pain centers of our own brains
become more active. Empathic distress can be hard to bear, so it’s
natural to try to block it out or make it go away as we would any
other pain, but the constant struggle can be draining and lead to
caregiver fatigue and burnout. 

We will discuss:
•    The 3 elements of self-compassion
•    Compassion with Equanimity
•    Pros and cons of emotional boundaries
•    Empathy vs. Compassion
•    Learn informal practices that can be used in the midst of caregiving
•    Giving and receiving compassion
•    Embodied listening

Visual Art: Affirming Ourselves & Each Other
Candace Wheeler, LPC, CDBT, NCC
This workshop is a window into loving ourself and others more every day. There are many distressing times in life when we all need to hear some encouraging words to keep us motivated or to help us endure the pain that we’re experiencing. But there are many distressing times like these when we're also alone, we need to encourage ourself to stay strong. Affirmations are reminders of how strong we’ve been in the past when we survived distressing situations, and they are reminders of encouraging words that have given us strength. 

Movement: Self-Compassion & Our Bodies
Megan Caputo, Movement Teaching Artist
In this activity, we will bring warm-hearted attention to each part of our body in a variety of ways, moving from one part to another, practicing how to be with each part of our body in a kind and compassionate way. We will be inclining our awareness toward the body with curiosity and tenderness, perhaps as we might incline toward a young child.

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Image by Jakayla Toney
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