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~6 Thursdays, Starting July 9, 2020~
Courting Awe: Discovering Meaning in Life’s Turmoil
What Is This? What if I told you the way you’re going to get unstuck or enhance your well-being is by learning to invite or court awe into your life? What if cultivating that muscle, one that opens your eyes and ears a little wider, is the answer to what you’re seeking at this challenging time in our country (or any time, for that matter)? One series of studies found that awe made time feel more plentiful, which increased life satisfaction, willingness to donate time to charity, and preferences for experiences over material products. We’re going to delve into six areas to take us out of that stalled place and into one of awe. It is my contention that working on these will open you, shift your energy, and motivate you to live more meaningfully.
Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I will teach you to make that shift in this course.
What If I’m Not a Writer? This workshop is for you if you feel stuck or undecided about your next move in some area of your life, you’re wondering if there’s more, or if you’re caught up in a tedious routine. Participants need not be writers; writing is simply the main tool we will use. Writing prompts will flow into each other, with a mix of other exercises designed to push through stagnancy and spark expression. If you are a writer, this course could give rise to project ideas.
What You’ll Need: A notebook and pen or, if that’s too quaint, a computer; Zoom.
Other Tools: Culture, nature, conversation, space, an open mind.
About the Facilitator: According to an assessment that identifies one’s Signature Strengths, Nancy Colasurdo’s No. 1 strength is Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. She specializes in helping people find their voice and see next steps, showing them a new way to approach life, validating what they’re doing when they’ve been previously discouraged, and showing them how to live meaningfully. She is a life coach and an award-winning blogger and journalist.
Details: Six Thursdays — July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m. ET
Fee: $175 (To sign up, send me a note and I’ll invoice you.)
~Tuesday, July 14, 2020~
Salon on Systemic Racism ~ Courtesy of Symposia Bookstore
What Is This? As the protests continue in the United States and around the world, as statues go down, as books about race top The New York Times Best Sellers list, as awareness of systemic racism grows and prompts action, it’s a perfect time to gather and talk to each other about the historic time we’re living in. Let’s talk about Black Lives Matter, white privilege, and what it means to be actively anti-racist. All viewpoints welcome. The idea is to be open and learn from each other.
Important to Note: Salons at Symposia Bookstore are typically in person and open to the community of Hoboken. This event will reflect the times and take place on Zoom, so anyone from anywhere can participate.
About the Facilitator: Nancy Colasurdo is a life coach and an award-winning blogger and journalist.
Details: Tuesday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. ET via Zoom.
~Friday, July 10, 2020~
Book Club – PART II
What Is This? In an effort to learn and deepen my knowledge of race and race issues in the United States, I decided to do more reading on the topic. When a colleague expressed interest in doing the same, we teamed up and decided to facilitate a discussion on this book. We had our first meeting on June 26 and it was a meaningful conversation, but since we barely touched the surface of what was in the book we decided to continue the dialogue.
What Is the Book? The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
What If I Missed Part I? It doesn’t matter. There were 10 of us at the first meeting (from a range of ages and places) and we spent part of the time getting acquainted. We would welcome more voices and points of view.
About the Facilitators: Nancy Colasurdo is a life coach and an award-winning blogger and journalist and Anne Bonfiglio is an attorney and counselor at law at Bonfiglio Family Law.
Details: Friday, July 10, 7:30-9 p.m. ET via Zoom. If interested in being on the list of participants, email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.