This workshop is an introduction to Whole Heart Connection practices and is open to new students who have not taken any other Whole Heart Connection workshops.
You Can’t Push the River (self assess and field assess)
You know how there are some days when everything just works? The lights are green, the key doesn’t stick in the lock, you tell your kid something and they do it… There are days that work like that. If you’re an artist, that’s when you create your masterpiece. If you’re a performance artist, that’s when you hope there is someone in the audience who can get you a job or write you an incredible review.
There are times when it works, and then there are other times when you have the same training, you have the same breakfast, you have the same degree, you have the same opinions in politics – and the key jams in the lock, and every other light is red, and you say something to your kid and your kid doesn’t listen, and you try to paint but you get stuck. It’s still you, it’s still the same stuff; it’s just not working.
What we don’t want to do in that situation is try harder. I’ve tried that before. You may have, too. “It’s not working. I know I can do this. I’ve done it before. I need to try harder!”
This is where You Can’t Push the River comes right on in. There is no flow state that comes from trying harder.
The purpose of this class is to return us to inner tools that allow us to be less self-conscious, and more able to be like the dance partner with life – to be part of the river, moving with the river that is interplaying with our lives–without so much trying and overthinking. It’s actually very simple, which is why I’m inviting you to spend two hours finding out about it. Hope you can join us.
Whole Heart Connection for Personal and Social Healing
These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance, and for becoming effective agents of social change without courting burn-out. In fact, Whole Heart Connection will do more for your health than you would have believed possible in such difficult times.
Whole Heart Connection practices draw upon aikido, Chinese medicine, and Sufism, all of which teach us that healthy change takes place on a me-first basis. Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.