How can I know if I’m done with something or someone forever? What if things change? What if they change? What if I change?
The thing about these questions is that by holding on to how the relationship is right now, and not allowing my sadness to flow, I’m not allowing the relationship to evolve and change as it would naturally. One universal truth is that nothing stays the same. Everything changes.
When I try to hold on to how I perceive things to be, then I’m closing my eyes to what’s really happening, and trying to live in some imagined reality that no longer exists. When I don’t welcome sadness into my life, I’m effectively shutting myself down and creating a much more difficult and painful life ahead of me.
~ excerpt from The Curious Sadness of Endings by Anchen Texter, licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant
When your sadness is flowing and welcome in your life, then everything seems to go more easily. Having a healthy relationship with sadness means you recognize when it’s time to let things go, and you have practices to help you do so. Relaxing and taking care of yourself comes easily when you can access your sadness — and you’ll feel revitalized because of it.
~Monday, August 27th to Friday, September 21st~
This experiential online course helps you welcome the healing flow of sadness and explore its relationship with your other emotions. This course is based on the The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, and her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration® (DEI).
In this course, facilitated by Licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant Anchen Texter, you’ll be inviting the flow of sadness to help release old ideas around what sadness is and isn’t. You’ll also be delving deeper into the gifts of sadness, the practices to help you stay present with your emotions, and the relationship between sadness and anger. While you might think that a course about sadness will be heavy and feel like molasses, there’s a little-known secret about sadness that will keep it flowing: sadness can clear the way for joy and happiness.
In this course, we will cover:
- The messages and gifts in sadness
- The 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices
- How to work with sadness to embrace change gracefully
- The relationship between sadness and anger
- How to work with the other emotions in the sadness family, such as grief, depression, and the suicidal urge
- The integral place of sadness in self-care
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: Monday, August 27th to Friday, September 21st, 2018
Learning and Interaction Structure: Reading curriculum, forum discussions, live webinar trainings and discussions (one hour per week), audio files, and course PDFs.
Time Commitment: You’ll read the course curriculum and interact in the forum on your own schedule (plan for a minimum of 2-3 hours per week), and you’ll meet with Anchen and your classmates for one hour in the Zoom each week.