Upcoming Lecture: “Attention and Self-Blessing in a Fractured World”

a lecture by Lois Vanderkooi

 March 1st, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.  

Facts: Fossil fuel development and use are fracturing communities and threatening health and safety. Climate scientists tell us that we have at most a dozen years to drastically reduce use of fossil fuels in order to avert extreme devastation to life as we know it. Using Jungian, neurobiological, Mindfulness Self Compassion research and practices, we will probe some of the psychological and sociological dynamics playing out among us. We will look at the difficulty of letting go of destructive habits and of adopting wholesome behaviors and attitudes both societally and individually.

With poems from Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Galway Kinnell, Hafiz, and others, as well as personal stories, we will experientially explore “paying attention” and being blessed as antidotes to fear and the strong shadows of the entitled and  aggressive energies that disconnect us from mother earth and each other.

Lois Vanderkooi, Ph.D.is a psychologist and social activist in Broomfield. She is a Board member of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado. In 1980, Jung’s autobiography resonated so deeply with her that she left a lawyer-sociologist career to pursue Jungian analysis and studies. She  received a doctorate in psychology and also trained in Somatic Experiencing trauma work, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Biodynamic Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Lois is interested in the integration of body, mind, and spirit individually and in relationships through cultivation of mindfulness and non-violence.

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