Open to Joy
Joy is an emotion that is necessary for our health—and yet in a world full of chaos, or a life of struggle, it can seem downright irresponsible to seek joy. And, when we find it, we may even feel guilty about it—Is this really ok? Even when there is suffering and hardship?
Healthy joy can spring up in our heart in an unguarded moment, increase our compassion, and open us to insight. When our hearts remember joy, we are able to remain connected to the light in ourselves and in each other. It is a gift that we harbor, and that we can share. This is not something to feel guilty about! It is an offering of openness to life.
Joy is a precious flower that blooms in the middle of our chest when we are willing and open—and we will learn exercise for re-opening if we have become closed. It is not the same as distraction, giddiness or escapism (although those can be fun sometimes). It thrives anywhere that it can take root in laughter or playfulness, and expands with the breath. Even if it lasts only a moment, it connects us with the light of Universal Shen (the consciousness of the Big Heart).
It can be hard to re-build a fire from scratch. It’s much easier to catch a spark. Come join us.
Please note, it is not recommended that participants divide their focus by taking extensive notes. In order to allow participants to relax into the discussion, we will make an audio recording which will be shared only with participants. The purpose of the recording will be to remind participants of what they learned. The recording will not be available for those who were not present in the class.
Due to attendees being in very different time zones, there is no “lunch break” per se. Class breaks will be 20 minutes long, and they will occur every 60-90 minutes or so. It is suggested that attendees whose natural lunch hour will occur during class time should make their lunch ahead of time so that it is ready to eat during the first 20-minute break.
Students will earn 5.5 NCCAOM-approved PDA Points (AOM-OM).
In the (very rare) event of a workshop cancellation, all tuition will be refunded.
Otherwise, any refund is at the sole discretion of Perennial Medicine.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
(8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT)