Spring Break Stress-Buster


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Do you answer yes to any of these?

Are you a college student feeling a bit stressed out?
Do you sometimes have trouble concentrating right when you need your mental focus most?
Do you try to “cram” before tests?
Do you sometimes feel anxious about all the work load – balancing school with work, friends and family?
Do you want to end this semester with your best work?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this mini-retreat is for you.

Studies repeatedly show that students who meditate do better on tests of all kinds. They also feel less negative stress and maintain better over all health.

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Learn to adapt, refresh, succeed
Designed specifically to address the needs and pressures of college students to help you complete your semester in the best way possible, the retreat is for beginning meditators with no or little experience, and more experienced practitioners.

You will enjoy:

  • transformative morning or movement
  • meditation
  • writing
  • unleashing your full potential
  • leave feeling relaxed and alert
  • You will learn strategies for developing your powers of focus and concentration
  • how to take tests with less stress
  • cultivate self compassion.

    Come in comfortable soft clothes, bring a yoga mat if you have one, and a notebook and something to write with.

    WHEN: March 26, 2016 9-10:30 am
    WHERE: 1839 S Halsted St
    TUITION: Just $25
    QUESTIONS? Call Hillary at 312-714-4563 or email me at calmchicago [at]gmail [dot]com

    Advance registration requested. https://squareup.com/market/hillary-johnson-2
    P
    lease share with your favorite college students!

Namaste,

Hillary

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Mindfulness and Work


Maybe you’ve heard about meditation or mindfulness and wondered if you could help you feel better and do better at work.

Perhaps, you’re just feeling super stressed out from work, and technology overload and wondering what might help you feel more grounded.

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I have good news for you.

You can feel better and getting started can be simple.

Even a few minutes of meditation each day is enough to get you started and feeling more peaceful.

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To ease your search for info, I’m going to periodically round up a few good articles to share with you all.

There are so many great pieces out there about the positive impact that meditation has on us in our workspaces and more coming out all the time as science continues to prove true what experienced meditators have known from time immemorial.

Meditation changes our brains for the better allowing us to feel happier regardless of external conditions, to be more engaged and empathetic, more compassionate for ourselves and others. I like to think of meditation as going to the gym for your heart and your mind.

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(And by the way, you don’t actually have to sit on the floor to meditate. You can use a chair!)

Here are four quick reads that give you a sense of the many wonderful potentialities of meditation. Enjoy!

1. From The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 2012 “Be More Mindful for a Better Workplace” A very accessible article highlighting the benefits of the clarity that mindfulness brings to the workplace.
2. From Forbes Magazine, April 2015, “Future of Work: Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice.” A very readable article which highlights not only a terrific who’s who in businesses using mindfulness but also a great review of key benefits and measurable outcomes.
3. From the Harvard Business Review, an article about mindfulness and management issues. 
Still have questions? Give me a call and I can help you get started with guided one-on-one or group sessions. 312-714-4563
Your happy place is waiting for you.
Hillary
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Yang 24 Tai Chi Class


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

The most popular form of tai chi in the world.

Perfect for all ages and abilities.

This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace.  We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!

Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 9-9:50am Saturdays
Tuition: $80/mo
Sign up now with Square of Chase Quick Pay (email me and I’ll send you the link. It’s secure, instantaneous and easy!)

Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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Tai Chi-Mindfulness for Youth


Dear calm and peaceful hive mind,

I want to offer a tai chi and mindful movement class for youth.

By youth, I mean elementary through middle school. Though, I’d be very interested in adding a class for teens specifically. (More on that later!)

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What time would be best for you all?

Saturdays are already full from 9-4 with a variety of classes. What say you?

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Please suggest 1-3 options in comments below or email me and I’ll try to find what makes sense for the most of you. Thanks very much, Hillary

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Tai Chi Classes at Calm Chicago


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

The most popular form of tai chi in the world, perfect for all ages. This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace.  We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!

Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 9-9:50am Saturdays  (starting Dec. 5)
Tuition: $80/mo
Sign up now with Square of Chase Quick Pay (click the link. It’s instantaneous and easy!)

Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

Saturday Meditation 11/13


We’ll have our regular meditation tomorrow morning from 10-11am.

  
Join us.

All are welcome! Step into your weekend with a fresh mind and heart.

  

Two Reasons Meditation is Great for Your Brain 


 
1. It deactivates the part of the brain associated with constant story telling, the default mode network. While I like a good story as much as anyone, the storytelling associated with this part of the brain is not of a helpful variety. The DMN tends to get stuck, perseverating endlessly, and keeping us from seeing what is actually going on in front of us. 

2. It gets different parts of the brain talking to each other, including activation of higher functioning parts of the brain, associated with greater focus, concentration, cognitive and emotional control. We get a sense of here-ness that allows us to drop into the present moment, see what IS as opposed to the distancing story we might otherwise spin.

And that as Robert Frost would have it, can make all the difference.

And this, the practice of mindfulness, of meditation, is how we can enter a more creative and innovative space whether we are trying to paint a picture, write a legal brief or figure out how to get through the holidays with more grace. 

And best of all it’s how we generate greater peace and happiness as we become more whole and authentic, connected to all that is.

“The thing that you are seeking, is seeking you.”  Rumi