Drop-in Session: Stepping Out of Overthinking and Into Awareness of the Present Moment

Lisa Baldini

Do you find yourself frequently getting lost in your head and overthinking? When lost in our thoughts, we can spiral into patterns of negative thinking, worry, and stress. When entangled in our thoughts, we miss many important parts of our lives as they are unfolding. During this drop-in, we will offer a guided meditation and learn a foundational practice from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) that can help us step out of overthinking and meet life’s difficulties with more ease, flexibility, and self-compassion. We will also discuss ways to weave mindfulness and self-compassion into our daily lives.

Drop-in Session: Widening Your Window of Tolerance – Increasing Your Awareness to Live Mindfully

Photo of facilitator Diane Hetrick

Our actions and behaviors in life are influenced by the state of our nervous system. Learning how to increase our awareness of when and how we get ‘thrown out of our window of tolerance’ either to overwhelm or collapse is a useful skill to live more mindfully. Drawing on the work of Steve Porges and Deb Dana, we will become more familiar with our window of tolerance, learn how to bring ourselves back to safety and stability, and widen our window to be more resilient to life’s challenges.

Drop-in Session: Take a Self-Compassion Break

Joel Featured

Join us to learn about Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported course that enhances our capacity for emotional well-being. MSC practices strengthen our ability to meet life’s difficulties with wisdom, kindness, and spaciousness, allowing us to relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves. This drop-in class will provide a quick overview of the MSC program, answer the question “What is MSC?”, and allow a chance to practice the “Self-Compassion Break”, a core practice from MSC. No experience necessary!

Drop-in Session: Mindful Resilience to Enhance Our Connections With Others

Photo of facilitator Diane Hetrick

How might we bring the qualities of mindfulness and resilience to our day-to-day relationships with family, friends and coworkers, even strangers? During this one-hour drop-in, we’ll consider how mindfulness and resilience can help us support others and ourselves, enhancing our relationships and bringing us deeper connections and presence. We’ll get an opportunity to explore this topic together, with guided practice and time for discussion.

Drop-in Session: Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

Lisa Baldini Joel Grow Featured

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. MSC cultivates inner strength, self-acceptance, and a wider perspective of common humanity, to promote personal growth and stronger relationships with others. Join us for an hour-long introduction to these practices. We’ll provide an overview of MSC, and guide a couple of MSC practices. No previous mindfulness experience is necessary.

Drop-in Session: Looking Back With Gratitude to Move Forward

Tyneshia Featured

Gratitude supports resistance and resilience by reminding us that we are enough and that where we are at, right now, is enough. Gratitude for what we have also acknowledges where we’ve come from and the work we’ve put into our paths. Gratitude can guide us back to thinking about the people that support and uplift us. Please join this drop-in session for gratitude practice, and a discussion about affirmations, gratitude, and values.