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Mindfulness for Healthy Living


Explore:

  • The nature of awareness and the capacity for accessing the present moment
  • How to better manage physical and emotional pain
  • How to improve focus and attention
Mindfulness is a practice derived from ancient contemplative traditions. It is focused on exploring the nature of mind with the aim of opening practitioners to the present moment or “the now”.

Please join us for a 3-hour workshop spread over three consecutive Thursdays as we explore the nature of mindfulness, why it is important for healthy living, and how to begin a mindfulness practice.  Each of the three 1-hour sessions will explore a different facet of mindfulness practice. Participants can register at the door but advanced registration is recommended because space is limited.

Dr. Terry Wood

Dr. Terry Wood

Dr. Terry Wood is an Emeritus Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Performance at Oregon State University. He has been practicing meditation for over 40 years and took his Refuge Vows in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 2003. Dr. Wood has been teaching meditation to adults and children since his retirement in 2004 and recently completed training in delivering a mindfulness curriculum to public school children.

 



Mindfulness of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion

Major religions teach that gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion are keys to happiness. But how do we manifest these keys in our daily lives? Mindfulness practice directed towards gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion offers one path to this goal. You are invited to begin your journey along this life-changing path by exploring the nature of gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion and how these traits are stimulated through mindfulness practice.” Prior to taking this class, participants must have established a mindfulness practice or completed the introductory class “Mindfulness for Healthy Living”. This class is delivered in two 1-hour sessions with one week between sessions.

Gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion are cornerstones of a fulfilling spiritual life. Mindfulness practice offers a path for exploring these spiritual foundations.

Dr. Terry Wood
Dr. Terry Wood

Dr. Terry Wood is an Emeritus Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Performance at Oregon State University. He has been practicing meditation for over 40 years and took his Refuge Vows in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 2003. Dr. Wood has been teaching meditation to adults and children since his retirement in 2004 and recently completed training in delivering a mindfulness curriculum to public school children.

 



Spirituality of Money

Money shapes our attitudes toward the world and, thus, significantly affects our spiritual life.  What do you feel when you give money away or when you are short of funds? Money is often an icon, a window into what we value and honor. In that regard, what does money tell us about ourselves? What does it say about how we measure worth? How do we, as people of faith, respond to a culture that is soaked with money images and hype? Assist your membership in exploring the power money has in their lives.

Time Frames Available

  • Two-hour introduction. A presentation on the history of money and its impact upon organizations and individuals is followed by a time for questions and answers.
  • Three-hour seminar. This format offers the above information plus time for personal reflection and sharing in small groups.
  • Six-hour seminar. In addition to the above information and experiences, time is spent exploring personal attitudes towards the giving and receiving of money and in silent reflection as we listen for the transformative movement of God within the context of our financial wealth.

Michael Kennedy

Michael KennedyMichael Kennedy is a retired professor of management at Northwest Christian University in Eugene.  He is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served 21 years as a U. S. Navy chaplain.  In 2003 he became an oblate of St. Benedict at Mt. Angel Abbey.  His education includes a BA in Finance and a MS in Financial Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration. He has an abiding interest in how money affects our understanding of our worldview and how it impacts our spiritual life. 

 




Compassionate Communications

There exists in today's culture a consciousness of violence that is embodied in our communication. New patterns of communication can bring compassion into our relationships. Yet, it is possible to speak your truth with love and respect and to say what needs to be said in a positive and constructive way.

By speaking in this way, we improve our connection with others and deepen our relationships.
We can accept conflict and resolve differences peacefully if we view communication as an opportunity to gain understanding with another person.

Some of the benefits of this new form of communication are finding it easy to forgive others and ourselves and not taking things personally. It is a transformative process that greatly improves our lives.

We will:
  • Practice using the new vocabulary with real life experiences in a safe, supportive setting.
  • Discover words that enhance and hinder effective communication
  • Develop new vocabulary and ways to share compassion
  • Learn a four-step process for conflict resolution

Inge Tarantola

Image Inge TarantolaInge was born and raised in Germany. After an accounting career, she became the Director of the Prayer Ministry and the Taize Healing Prayer Ministry at Unity of the Valley in Eugene, Oregon, in 1988. She pioneered a new Unity church in Roseburg and was minister of the congregation for several years. She currently serves as Senior Co-Minister at Unity of the Valley and teaches classes on spiritual principles.

Her spiritual renewal and joy come from reading, the great outdoors, and playing in her garden. Join Inge as we explore the violent nature of language within our society, culture, and church.