Upcoming Community Discussions

Dealing with difficult emotions

“We cannot control what emotions or circumstances we will experience next, but we can choose how we will respond to them.”  - Gary Zukav

What are we supposed to do with the “ick” feelings we have when something doesn’t go our way?  Sadness, anger, jealousy, rejection, and self-criticism are some of the difficult emotions.  Let’s talk about what helped us in the past and learn some new ways we can manage these feelings.   

As a reminder, this is not a therapy group but a discussion about resiliency and growth.  Please practice self-care when attending and sharing information about yourself.  

Cultivating positive (or pleasant) emotions

“Curing the negatives does not produce the positives.” - Martin Seligman

What’s the importance of having positive emotions and how do they affect our life?  More importantly, how do we go about cultivating these positive emotions for ourselves and others?  Let’s identify what these emotions are then discuss those moments when it’s easy and difficult to cultivate positive emotions.  We’ll talk about ways we can increase experiencing the "good feels".  Life doesn’t have to consist of only the difficult or challenging emotions.

Practicing Mindfulness

“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan

Have you ever meditated or practiced mindfulness?  What is mindfulness? How does it work and what does it do?  Our brains are on automatic default mode for much of the day.  It’s beneficial to bring our awareness to the present moment. In doing so we can minimize suffering, communicate wisely, make informed decisions and feel less stressed.  Let’s meet for a discussion and practice a few mindfulness activities.  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences of your mindful practice with others.