Why Love Matters – April 14, 2012 in Stone Ridge, NY

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“Why Love Matters”

April 14, 2012 – 10:00am-5:30pm

Stone Ridge Healing Arts Center, Stone Ridge, New York,

with Alexis Johnson, PhD and Judith Schmidt, PhD

The day will come when we shall harness…the energies of love.  And on that day for the second time in the history of the world the human being will have discovered fire.  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

How we love today is deeply affected by our childhood experiences.  Our first love attachments root us in relating securely in some ways and insecurely in others.  As we become familiar with our earliest Love Maps formed between infant and (m)other, we will find the ways in which our current relationships- both personal and professional – reflect these earliest bonds.  Some of our Love Map serves us well; other aspects may not serve us at all.  Once we begin to understand the nature of our attachment patterns, we become empowered to create a new Love Map and to earn more secure, healing and loving relationships.

This experiential workshop will focus on our own attachment patterns, preparing us to focus on our clients in new ways:

  • Attachment theory: insecure attachment patterns can keep us ‘dealing but not feeling’ or ‘feeling but not dealing’.
  • Winnicott: interruptions of going-on-being cause strain trauma and False-Self strategies of coping, forcing True Self into hiding until the safety of healing relationship appears.
  • Family Systems: trauma is passed through the generations.  Only by facing this inheritance can we transform its impact and alter what is transmitted to those who hold the future.
  • Current neuroscience information on the developing brain supports both attachment theory and Winnicott’s insights into how a loving and secure self develops. Both brain and psyche are pliable and primed toward growth and wholeness.
  • Mindfulness: how development of Witness Consciousness allows us to identify with our True Embodied Self, enhancing trust and flow within our relationships.

Cost: $150

Location: Stone Ridge Healing Arts Center, Stone Ridge, NY

Register with: Cheryl Qamar – cqamar@hvc.rr.com

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