Mindfulness Matters

My friend, colleague, and dharma sister Polly-Young Eisdendrathis presenting at Omega with Mark Matousek. Polly is a gifted writer and engaging speaker.

On the weekend of June 8-10, they will be teaching at the Omega Institute a workshop: Writing and True Love:

Have you noticed that writers and seekers after truth and love share some common ground? They all learn to pay close attention to the particular, bring kind attention to things as they are, surrender their ideals and develop a tolerance for the ordinary, commit to an ongoing process, and finally, perhaps most important, accept failures, loss, wounds, and rejections without making them too personal. A broken heart is guaranteed.

Two experienced teachers of writing and life’s lessons invite you to this special weekend of conversation and contemplation on writing and true love. Speaking and writing together, doing some mindfulness exercises, and working in pairs, we seek to clarify what we have learned about true love, and then refine our ability to write about it—all with an open heart.

As the renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen says, when we meet our brokenheartedness with an open heart, we see the “crack in everything” and “that’s how the light gets in.”

No writing experience is required.

This workshop will also be useful for professional counselors who wish to use the techniques presented with their clients.

Required reading: Young-Eisendrath, The Resilient Spirit, and Bhikkhu,The Integrity of Emptiness. Mark Matousek is also teaching The Untold Story; September 14-16.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Vermont, a consultant in leadership development at Norwich University, and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont. She is author of The Self-Esteem

Mark Matousek is author of When You’re Falling, Dive; the memoir, Sex Death Enlightenment; and three other books. A contributing editor atTricycle magazine, he is the creative director of V-Men, an organization for ending violence against women and girls.


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