This e-course has started, but you are welcome to sign up any time before the last day, Friday, July 26. When you do, you will find in your Spirituality & Practice account all the sessions that have gone out already. You can read them online in your account or resend them from your account to your inbox.

Stressed? Distracted? Disconnected? Burned-out? The ability to stop what we are doing and reflect is being lost in our modern, fast-paced world. Going on long retreats and sitting in meditation for hours is a luxury many can’t afford. We need a Mindfulness for the 21st Century — a simple, accessible, and transformative practice to use throughout the day.

"The Power of Reflection" brings us back to the original meaning of mindfulness (sati), which is self-recollection and self-remembrance. In other words, it helps us regain the fragmented parts of ourselves that are lost to distraction, multi-tasking, and an emphasis on speed.

We all possess this special capacity to pause and look inward. This is made possible through the most human part of the brain — that area right behind the eyebrow ridge — which is crucial for empathy and connection, as well as emotional regulation and even impulse control. Distraction produced by overstimulation, for example, keeps this part of the brain from getting activated and strengthened!

That’s why pausing throughout the day and asking yourself questions such as, "How can I come back to this moment, how can I notice one precious ordinary thing in my surroundings, and what is happening in my body?" is crucial to developing the whole self and the whole brain. In this course, you’ll learn a means of reflection designed to cut through the I-dentity and produce deeper awareness, compassion, and connection in your life.

In each of 12 emails delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you will receive:

  • Guidance for developing a reflection practice that addresses core challenges to our awareness.
  • Extensive commentary that elaborates on a key reflection and how to integrate it into your life.
  • Relevant brain-science concepts for breaking free from old, toxic patterns.
  • A one-hour teleconference on Thursday July 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m Central, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific) with Donald Altman, recorded so that anyone who cannot attend can listen.
  • A link to the Practice Circle, an online forum open 24/7 for you to share your reflections and read those of others. Donald Altman will be paying close attention to the Practice Circle and making contributions.

Donald Altman, profiled in our Living Spiritual Teachers project, is a psychotherapist, international mindfulness trainer, award-winning writer, and former monk who brings ancient practices of peace and compassion into daily life. His mindfulness books have been translated worldwide.

To embrace the power of reflection is to experience first-hand the liberation, fulfillment, and joy that comes from getting free from auto-pilot and habitual patterns of reacting. If we don’t first disarm the ego in order to make peace with ourselves, how can we hope to make peace with others? How can we cultivate nurturing and enriching relationships? This course will make reflection a habit and help you to deliver your best to others in all facets of your life.

(4 CEHs for chaplains available.)

Monday, July 1 - Friday, July 26


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