Mind & Heart
A mindful path to wholehearted living (for professionals)
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Professional Development Workshop
This workshop for professionals is a 3-day intensive for individuals who want to further their own healing and for those who assist others in the healing journey. This workshop acknowledges that many people have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, breakups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief. Yet, humans are resilient creatures – they generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving!
Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped people to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly. For example, addictive behaviors may have numbed the pain at one time, but now the addiction has become a ball-and-chain. Perfectionism and people-pleasing once helped to avoid disapproval, but now a true sense of self is crumbling under the weight of others’ expectations. Avoidance and anger may have been employed to keep potentially unsafe people at a distance, but now these individuals are drowning in their loneliness. In other words, the methods that were used to get through difficult times in the past can keep people stuck – disconnected from the beauty of their present-moment life.
Frequently, these self-limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving are most apparent, and most problematic, in close relationships. Utilizing attachment theory as a guide, workshop participants can discover how these patterns were set-up in relationships with family and romantic partners. Gaining clarity about patterns of attachment avoidance (i.e., love avoidance) and attachment preoccupation (i.e., love addiction) empowers participants to let go of old survival mechanisms that are no longer serving their purpose and establish healthier ways of relating to themselves and others.
While it is true that people can’t change the past, they can change their perception of it and their relationship to it… and that can change everything! The Mind & Heart workshop is designed to help in this process of growth and genuine change. Mindfulness, a contemplative practice and state of being that allows individuals to be more in-tune with their present-moment life, can facilitate increased awareness of unique survival patterns that are now limiting growth. Coupling mindfulness with greater compassion and acceptance for self and others can enable participants to take meaningful and sustainable steps towards lasting change. Mindfulness (Mind) and compassion (Heart) are powerful tools for transforming the pain of the past by learning to wholeheartedly accept oneself, just as one is, in the present moment.
Psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and workshop designer, Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, will personally facilitate the workshop. The Mind & Heart workshop is a scientifically researched intervention that entails a mixture of highly informative material and experiential exercises using mindfulness and compassion. Because these ancient practices will be applied in unique ways to heal past wounds, people of various skill levels with mindfulness can benefit from the workshop. Also, the practice of mindfulness and compassion does not need to interfere with workshop participants’ spiritual beliefs, but can serve to deepen existing belief systems. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!
Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and is experienced in assisting others with compassion, dignity, and respect — hallmark values of The Meadows for more than 40 years. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. When you call, they will lead you through a series of questions to determine if The Meadows is a good fit, and how soon your treatment can begin. If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out an admissions form today!
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