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Living Mindfully: A Practical Guide to Everyday Life

  • 2219 Filbert St San Francisco, CA, 94123 United States (map)

The First Step to Creating a Humane and Sustainable World: Visualizing it

Saturday September 27, 1 - 3:00pm

With Jared Michaels. 

Presented in collaboration with ZaZen and the Steiner Therapy Group. 

$40 members, $60 non-members. Register Online

"Imagination lays the tracks for the reality train to drive down." -Sandra Ingerman

Are you aching to make the world a better place? Is global warming weighing on you? Are you disheartened by our political and religious fundamentalism? Is economic inequality driving you crazy?

This workshop is for people who care about the state of the world and want to help but don’t know how.

Here’s the first step: We can allow a vision of what we want for the world to coalesce. When we take the time and space to let the picture become clear, that future actually becomes possible. In fact, as soon as we imagine it we begin to make it a reality. This process is essential in the same way that drawing up blueprints is necessary before building a house.

So let’s step outside of our hyper-fast lives for an afternoon. Let’s use our minds in this powerful, creative, and intelligent way. And let’s truly help the world.

First we’ll tap into some Zen wisdom that will help us find a place of unshakable peace, and from it we'll be able to stay light as we tend to this heavy material. Then we’ll enter into a relaxed, guided, inwardly-focused space where we can lay down, sit up, move around, write, draw, and fully engage our imaginations. We’ll end with a choice of either sharing our vision with the group or journaling about it.

Participants can expect to look back later on in life and see this workshop as a turning point.

About Jared Michaels

Jared Michaels is a Zen priest in the San Francisco Zen Center lineage and a psychotherapist with a master's degree in Integral Counseling from California Institute of Integral Studies. For 15 years, he has been blending spirituality with psychology to provide people with a solid foundation on which to grow both personally and collectively. Jared Michaels, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF# 67699) Supervised by Hannah Milan Gottsegen, MFT (MFC# 36781).

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