Being Your Own Best Friend:Booting Anxiety & Building Compassion
This is one of series of Calm Chicago Chill Out sessions, which bring very small groups of people together for self care, listening to each other and ourselves, healing, and exploring the possibilities of living fully, authenitcally and from a sense of grounded peace and interconnection. The cost is low to make it super accessible. I invirte you to join in right away while there’s still spots.
We’ve all seen thos folks who always seem calm no matter what’s going on, right? Whether it’s in the midst of some crazy crazy weather, or a major deadline at work, or the El has broken down and sitting on the tracks forever, or dealing with major medical or health stuff. They just seem to be able to surf through it. While we are quietly or not so quietly cursing and secretly hating them, and knowing that for sure, we sish that was us but that we are the sort of person who is not CALM or self possessed and never will be.
If anxiety (social or otherwise) is a thing in your life and you’re tired of that being so; if you’ve heard about the importance of self care and compassion but can’t seem to get any, this workshop is for you.
Abiding calm and self love are not things that we can just wave a wand and BOOM, you have infinite amounts of them but you can learn how to cultivate them through simple practices that you can do at home, in the bathroom, in the car, on the El, everywhere you are in your day to day life. We’ll use tools from mindfulness, yoga and positive psychology, to give you the direct experience of learning how to get better at dealing with anxiety and bulding up your self love so that you can really become your own best friend. You’ll leave knowing how to practice these outside of class so that you can keep building those skills and feeling stronger and better day by day.
You will learn:
We’ll take these 2.5 hours to focus on supporting and encouraging you with specific exercises to help you feel better right here and now and making sure you know how to take the practices home with you with confidence.
How to practice simple awareness that bring you back to the moment with love
How to practice “on the fly”
How to identify what makes you feel great and get more of that good stuff
How to give yourself love and then spread that around to help create peace inside and out in the world
Quick tips for pausing amidst the chaos of life and emotions
Who should come to this?
You. Anyone who wants to be able to be able handle lifes inevitable ups and downs with more grace and ease; wants to feel safer, shappier, stronger no matter what is going on.
Who’s teaching this?
Hillary Johnson is a photographer and mindfulness and creativity coach who’s been leading retreats and helping people feel better and companies work better since 2008. She’s into travel and helping people feel authentic interconnection between themselves and all things. Also border collies, cattle dogs and bicycling.
Register with PayPal to: calmchcago at gmail dot com
What are we to make of Belgian artist George Minne’s solitary kneeling youth and how might contemplating this work illuminate something of our own condition?
You notice the little card doesn’t help us much.
Let’s discover together at the next Art for Introverts (AFI). Get your tickets here!
See you at the museum!
There’s still time to register for my class on Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago, in which we might figure out how this piece of art, this lovely painting of a young woman with a book, sitting quietly might help us ourselves to find a way to be rebalanced from the stresses of everyday life.
Perhaps she reminds us that it’s good to sit down and step away from the news, to turn off our digital media.
The directness of her gaze might indicate that she’s speaking straight to us, inviting us to enjoy even a moment of solitary contemplation perhaps with a good book.
Because certainly with the work schedules that we all keep, the challenges of trying to strike a work/life balance, we could use a little help seeking balance. Couldn’t we?
I hope you’ll join us.
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This class is for anyone who ever went to an art museum and felt like they didn’t quite get it but were afraid to admit this. Sign up here!
Next date: Saturday April 29th from 1-3pm!
- Do you ever find yourself going to a museum because you think you’re supposed to go look at great art and you want to feel something but then nothing happens?
- Do you sometimes find yourself standing there in a room full of art and wondering what all the fuss is about and at the same time being a little afraid to confess that to the person standing next to you, even though that’s your friend/partner/spouse, who came to the museum with you in the first place?
- Do you think, holy crap, these things are here but I’m not sure what to make of them! (HELP!) Very often reading the little cards pinned to the wall next to the pieces of art don’t really help do they?
Perhaps it all makes you feel a bit stupid. I’ve been there. I know how you feel.
And so you wander out of the museum, unsure of what to say or do, maybe head to a movie or grab a drink, relieved to be off the hook of CULTURE, hoping to silence that little voice in your head which says this would’ve been much more fun and interesting if only I wasn’t such a dope.
So- If this sounds like you, you’re going to love this class.
We’ll visit a museum and talk about how to see, how to engage with the work in a way that involves all our humanity, our hearts, our minds, even our bodies.
I promise that you’ll have a good time and you’ll realize you can form your own way of making sense of the art that fits rather intuitively with your own experience of life.
We’ll talk about what art does for us.
Like: how coming into contact with art can allow us to feel moved and connected with the divine.
We’ll start to see that art can help us remember what is precious to us, help us establish and cultivate hope, even in very challenging times; deal with our sorrows, and so forth.
You’ll leave this interactive class able to enjoy not only art in the museum but to see differently in your everyday life.
To appreciate the art and divinity in every moment, every breath. To see that each moment of seeing and perceiving, listening, touching and tasting is a moment to respond differently, from a place of an expanded sense of our own potential for the adventure that is our one and only life.
If this interests you please sign up now. I highly recommend this for loners, friends, first dates, non-dates, adventurers of all types. Introverts. Extroverts. Non-dualverts. IT specialists. Humans. I really hope to see you there, and please tell your friends and bring them with you.
You will need to pay your admission to the museum. Please check coats, backpacks etc. You may bring a pencil, not a pen, into the museum and a sketchbook. You may bring cameras but no flash. Depending on the size of the group, admission price may vary. Once you register and we get closer to the date, I’ll send complete details about admission fees and other essentials. You may not bring food or drinks into the museum.
- Looking at art can make us feel happier and more connected.
- Art helps us remember what we love and may have lost or fear to lose.
- Connecting with art helps us feel more hopeful.
- In challenging times art can help us deal with inevitable sorrows.
- Art can help us feel centered and more peaceful.
- Art helps us develop compassionate understanding of self and others.
|Materials to bring||A note book, blank, lined or squared and a pencil to write/sketch with. No pens allowed in the museum. Admission to the museum paid separately. Members enter free. Museum admission variable based on residency.|
|What will be provided||Supporting handouts, before and/or after class.|
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL, 60603-6404
QUESTIONS? Ask away!
“If we become addicted to the external, our interiority will haunt us. We will become hungry with hunger no image, person, or deed can still. To be wholesome, we must remain truthful to our vulnerable complexity.” (John O’Donahue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)
Maybe you’re feeling a little disconnected from your own self. Maybe your own complexity feels terribly overwhelming sometimes.
It happens. No harm. No foul.
But now that you’ve seen that about yourself…you can never un-see it. We all know how that is.
So, what’s a person to do?
There are so many good Ways, so much wisdom to help us back to the whole self.
And lots of ways to get side tracked or confused.
I plan on writing a weekly blog that addresses questions and concerns that you all have in addition to my own musings and journey for cultivating ongoing wholeness and health, the fullest integration of my various aspects I can muster.
So I really want to know, what do you feel gets in YOUR way?
What holds you back?
What would YOU like to change, want support in changing?
What questions do you have about how to proceed on the path to remaining true to your own vulnerable complexity?
What confuses or perplexes you?
Do you try to establish good habits and then feel them fall away and wonder how to maintain them?
Do you think that meditation is an act of DOING, just one more pesky thing to cross off your already very full to-do list?
Do you feel a certain tyranny that your cell phone holds over you and sometimes wonder where all your time has gone?
Have you read every self-improvement book on the shelf and still wonder why things feel kind of fucked up?
There are no small or stupid questions. The only bad questions are the ones that go un-asked.
Please send me your questions here in the comments or if you want a more private communication, send me an email or private message.
Your questions will be the fuels that inspires new articles in my website and for a new weekly project on Medium!
Make an amazing week folks!
I can’t wait to see your questions and hear your thoughts.
May you all find peace and fully become the artists of your lives you truly are.
Something that makes me super happy in working with my coaching clients individually or in groups, is when people are able to identify for themselves the many positive influences and benefits that formal meditation and (less formal) mindfulness practices, bring into their lives.
It’s so exciting when people can see for themselves the many profound changes that they’ve experienced.
1. Able to deal in healthy ways with school and relationship challenges
2. Able to remain more focused and less distracted by worry or anxiety
3. Increased overall social engagement and wellness
4. Emotional intelligence has increased significantly, resulting in much more emotional control and resiliency.
One of the things that I think is so important to keep in mind, and I feel like it’s a niche that my work really occupies, is that frequently people think mindfulness is another item to check off a to do list.
It’s something that can be a seamless part of everything we do enhancing our happiness and appreciation every day of our lives.
There’s only one thing we can control in life and that is our reaction to what’s going on. Mindfulness can help us to drop the catastrophe brain and be happier no matter what.
Wishing smooth sailing to all.
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