The Heart of Being with Children

with Leslie Gossett & Anna Sommer-Grohens

January 22nd—February 26th -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $120 Program Price
  • $150 Patron Price
Room: Meditation Hall

Do you want deeper, more genuine connections with the children in your life? Do you want a deeper understanding of your own relationships to yourself and others?

Join us on this exploration of our relationships with children, childhood, and ourselves. Seeing clearly the stories we tell, the fears we perpetuate, and the expectations that prevent us from true connection, we can learn to appreciate the wisdom and joy of children. We will explore the arc of self to other using meditation, dialogue, and experiential exercises.

This class is appropriate for anyone with children in their lives: parents, teachers, educators, therapists, medical professionals, childcare providers, neighbors, etc.

Week 1
Personal Practice, Voices, and Patterns: Learning to look at our own thought patterns and habitual voices which influence how we relate to children and what we expect from them.

Week 2
Kindness and Compassion for Self and Other: Acknowledging the pain of childhood and our own stories. Learning to be gentle with ourselves and our conditioning.

Week 3
Letting Go: What happens if we stop listening to the stories we've created? What if we can move beyond expectations of how children should or shouldn't be, or how we should or shouldn't relate to them?

Week 4
Opening to Curiosity: Beyond the expectations is open space and fresh perspective. What does it mean to approach relationships from this place?

Week 5
Genuineness of Self: Allowing ourselves to show up as we are, without conditions.

Week 6
Genuine toward Others: How can we meet others, and especially our children, as they are, without wanting them to be different?

Leslie Gossett, is the Director of Family and Children's Programming for Northern California Shambhala, the Chair of the International Families and Children Committee for Shambhala, and the founder of Be You Yoga and Mindfulness for Families and Children. Her mission is rooted in creating space for children to experience their inherent wisdom. She is finding that the real way to do this lies in helping parents and adults touch their own basic goodness so that they can relate to their children from a space of trust, care, and freedom, which transmits trust care and freedom to the children. She spends her time working closely with families to support deepening and growth.

Meeting Times
The course will meet on six consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 PM
January 22nd and 29th, and February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2018

Program Price: $120
Patron Price: $150