Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness Meeting: The Case For Kindness

Attendance is free and open to everyone - located in the conference room in the lower level of the Edward Hospital ER building in PLAINFIELD, IL.

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Topic: The Case For Kindness

Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful. This claim is supported by a recent social psychology study in which three groups of subjects were asked to rate the attractiveness of the same faces of strangers. Group 1 was given negative descriptors about the people they were looking at - like mean, cruel, etc. Group 2 was told nothing. Group 3 received positive descriptors of the same strangers - kind, honest, etc. Group 3 found the faces to be the most physically attractive, followed by Group 2 and then 1. 

Knowing something about another's personality can actually change the way the brain perceives their physical features. According to evolutionary theory, our assessment of the fitness value of a potential social partner is a hybrid of physical and non-physical characteristics.

Science also suggests that kindness forms a virtuous feedback loop. Kindness generates happiness, and happiness motivates people to be kind. But there is a catch - intention matters. It does not work if you do something kind for others for the sake of becoming happy or gaining something in return. This is known as "strategic kindness" and only yields pleasure as opposed to "altruistic kindness" which means without the desire for a reward and leads to real happiness. fMRI studies reveal that separate regions of the brain are activated for each kind of kind, putting the "true" back in altruism.

Most spiritual traditions emphasize love for all and to be of service to others. The needed energy and enthusiasm arise quite naturally as a result of meditation and leading a more contemplative life. The origins and obstacles of kindness will be explored.

"To a wise one, the whole earth is open - because the true country of a virtuous soul is the entire universe." –Democritus

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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Howl in Harmony: A conversation about sex, shame and speaking truth

Location: Yoga Among Friends | 4949 Forest Ave. Downers Grove, IL 605615. 

with Maureen Muldoon and Laura Jane Mellencamp

Cost: $32
Register here:
http://www.yogaamongfriends.com/workshops/2018/12/09/howl-in-harmony

You are cordially invited to attend this special event, which will include an honest, open and organic conversation between Todd and Maureen about sexuality and spirituality in the 21st century, followed by time for responding to questions and thoughts from those who would like to share.

Maureen Muldoon is a spiritual Pied Piper and shameless storyteller who is transforming the way people think of church. She is a celebrated and sought-after writer, inspirational speaker, and community leader, combining comic timing and irreverence honed during her two decades as a Hollywood actress. With twenty years of training in A Course In Miracles, spiritual psychology and new thought teachings, she helps individuals and organizations to tap into impeccable inner guidance and create a business and life that is good, beautiful and of service to a higher purpose.

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Be a Light unto Yourself

Tools to cultivate resilience

Shine Yoga | 5 North River Street, Batavia, IL 60510

Tune in to your innate ability to reclaim healing and wholeness in the face or wake of adversity. Join us for a special evening of learning, yoga, and conversation.

Cost: $40 | Tix here | Facebook event page

*Evening will include a mindfulness talk, guided meditation, gentle yoga, and Q+A.
*Yoga will be a gentle, meditative practice suitable for all levels and abilities. Mats will be provided. Dress comfortably to allow full range of movement.
*Please register soon before sold out.

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Overcoming Anxiety for Teens

Alive Center - 500 West 5th Ave Naperville, IL  RSVP here and  Tix and info here

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, nervousness or worry about the future and leads to stress responses in the body and the behavioral urge to avoid. Believe it or not, anxiety is not all bad. In fact, there is wisdom in anxiety. It is our brain's way of being a little overprotective of our body. We know that parents can have various rules to help keep their kids safe, which can sometimes feel limiting. However, parents and kids can ideally work together to build a balance - and similarly, our minds and bodies can work together to bring more balance to our emotions. We will talk together about how to do this and listen to the different challenges students face, in order to lead more courageous, purposeful and meaningful lives.

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