Tuesday, June 11

(virtual)

Stress Management for the Politically Engaged - Session 2

The current-events landscape is particularly challenging for politically engaged people. A lot of us are struggling with information overload, risk of burnout and general apathy when it comes to functioning in this political climate. How does one cope with the stresses of this environment and still effectively work toward justice?

Dr. Tammy Bosler of Safe Spaces Yoga has created a stress management program for DA's members and volunteers: 2 sets of 5 weekly sessions each, intended to introduce participants to the foundations of stress management and mindfulness, applied to the situation of political action. The nonviolent direct action strategies embraced by the civil rights movement of the 1960s found their essence in a set of timeless principles:

  • to remain present,
  • to be reflective
  • and to remain open.

These ideas are in direct alignment with the 4-steps of any direct action movement so eloquently expounded upon in "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Dr. King's direct action strategies were inspired by the liberation movement in India in the early 20th century, which were, in turn, inspired by indigenous traditions of mindfulness known as Yoga.

Each session will include an introduction to stress management techniques (the how and why) followed by practice to learn the technique in our own bodies. After the practical exercise, there will be space for questions or discussions as needed. The 1 hour of time is allotted for the techniques and practice, and Tammy will make herself available for answering questions and individual support.

This stress management course will be offered in two sections of 5 sessions each:

Part I: Planting the Seeds of Peace (June 4-July 2)

This five-week series will focus on the foundations of breath awareness, conscious movement, and meditation. These techniques are time-tested methods to help regulate our nervous system to cultivate a sense of safety that can dramatically impact our state of mind when practiced over time. Participants will practice simple sequences with Tammy, and support for home practice will also be shared so you can make them right for you.

Part II: Staying Anchored in our Values (October 8-November 5)

This five-week series will support us all as we press closer to the 2024 election. We will utilize the techniques from Part I and tune in to our own values and actions as we do the work to support voters. This will help provide a safe, reflective space to remind us of the value and importance of our political engagement. Our final session will be on Election Day, when we can only rest in the knowing that we have done our best.

To receive connection information, please RSVP. There are slots available for students, retirees and those facing financial hardship. While this is a fundraiser, Tammy feels that the work of DA and the health of our members is too important to deny access; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Sarah Mulloy for arrangements.

To purchase the June 11 recording only, click here.

WHEN

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 05:00 PM Berlin Time

WHERE


This is a virtual event. See the event description above or RSVP for virtual participation options.

CONTACT

Sarah Mulloy
[email protected]

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