When the pandemic erupted, I decided I would send a short email and a link to a piece of music each day to friends, colleagues, and family. After all, music emerges as a profound catalyst for connection, reflection, and the awakening of our compassionate selves. Beyond its auditory allure, music has the transformative ability to transport us to a realm where kindness and empathy flourish. In this exploration, we delve into the harmonious relationship between music and compassion, discovering the unique ways in which melodies guide us toward our gentler, more giving selves.
I think it is time to embark on an experiment. How about we come together at least once, hopefully, a few more times, to experience music together. Let us have music become the balm for our souls. We are living in sorrowful times, so let us allow ourselves the solace to support the individual and global challenges we face.
Join me on Wednesday, February 14, 8 am PST for an hour. Register here. I’ll bring to the session a few pieces of music that hopefully will allow us space for reflection, will help us transcend cultural barriers, inspire kindness, and evoke a sense of peace. Let’s see what happens when we come together.
Offerings to Transport New Ways of Being
February 12, four consecutive weeks, Grief and Loss.
We all face losses—from separations and disappointments to shocking, even traumatic events. Join Dr. Rick Hanson, New York Times' bestselling author and psychologist as he takes us through powerful practices that help us bear the unbearable, and in natural ways move forward, heal and find happiness again. In this self-paced course, Rick helps you soothe emotional pain, find perspective and meaning, mend what you can, and hold whatever has happened with acceptance and self-compassion. Learn more and register. Please make certain to use the code CEI-GL40 for this course when registering, for the special Charter discount.
February 15, 22, 29, March 7 and 14, 9-10:30 am PST. Compassion Training for Busy People.
We invite you to spend 90 minutes each week connecting with others while you learn about and practice compassion and mindfulness. Sign up for five weeks of connection, accountability, learning and laughter. (Yes, this will be fun!). Learn More and Register Here.
February 20, 9-10:00 am PST. Global Read: Social Change 2.0 with David Gershon
If change is the mantra of our moment in history, Social Change 2.0 may be poised to become its bible. Drawing on his three decades in the trenches of large-scale societal transformation, David Gershon described by the United Nations as a graceful revolutionary, offers an original and comprehensive roadmap to bring about fundamental change in our world.
David Gershon, founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. Learn more and Register Here.
February 22, 26 and 29, 9-10:30 am PST. American Textures
‘American Textures’ is an immersive three-session workshop that aims to create a safe, brave and inclusive space where participants can engage in meaningful dialogue and share experiences. This program has two distinct parts: 1) Building a Peer Community, in which you can foster emotional resilience and practices for the art of dialogue across difference and 2) Engaging in meaningful dialogue. Learn More and Register Here.
With warm regards,