A Daylong Workshop on Mindful Parenting with Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn
Saturday, January 25, 2014
All registration options include lunch and refreshments
This workshop is for parents, grandparents, and parents-to-be, as well as anyone working with or caring for children. Parenting with mindfulness can enhance the well-being of children and parents alike, and bring greater empathy, acceptance and respect for each child’s unique being into family life.
In the inevitable difficult moments in parenting, we can sometimes find ourselves reacting automatically, in the grip of deeply engrained and often destructive patterns of thinking and feeling that may stem in part from our own experiences as children. When we are not aware of them, these habits of mind can lead to reactions and behaviors that often are not in our child’s best interest, nor in our own. Through the intentional cultivation of mindfulness, which can be thought of simply as open-hearted non-judgmental awareness, it is possible to navigate the inner landscape of our own fears, anxieties and judgments in key moments with our children, and choose more appropriate and wiser ways of responding effectively in difficult and challenging situations.
Mindfulness is a way of being, not a technique. It involves opening to things as they are in the present moment and cultivating openhearted acceptance and clear seeing, letting life itself become our mindfulness teacher. To do so takes strong intention, on-going cultivation, and creativity.
There is no one right way to cultivate mindfulness, just as there is there is no one right way to parent. Mindful parenting is not a prescription to be followed but an adventure of discovery and on-going learning, including from our “failures” and “inadequacies.” But this learning and growing on our parts is much more likely to happen if we continue to exercise the muscle of mindfulness by cultivating moment-to-moment, openhearted presence in all aspects of our everyday lives, when we are with our children, and when we are not.
Using guided meditations and simple mindfulness practices, Myla and Jon will explore how the cultivation of mindfulness in everyday life can help us to work with the struggles and difficulties we may face with children at different ages, as well as to be more present for the joys and simple pleasures that are inherent in parenting. Through large and small group dialogue, we will explore the dynamical balance of mindful parenting – fostering connection, trust, and inner resilience within a framework that includes age-appropriate expectations, limits, and responsibilities.
Continuing Education Credits
CCFW will offer the following types of Continuing Education Credits:
Please note, if you register to receive CE credits, in order to receive those credits, you MUST attend the course in its entirety. CCFW cannot guarantee refunds and/or partial credit for individuals who are unable to attend the full session. For each CE option, sign-in will be required and applicable evaluation forms will be distributed during class sessions.
About Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the world-leading scientist, researcher and meditation teacher who brought mindfulness to mainstream society. His internationally best-selling books include Wherever You Go, There You Are, Full Catastrophe Living and Everyday Blessings, co-authored with his wife, Myla.