The Inner Fire: Who Will Fan My Flame?
The Importance and Challenges of Self-Care
2019 DATES: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
TIME: Each class of this series begins at 9:30 a.m. with a short break at 10:30 a.m. and closure at 11:30 a.m.
Light refreshments are available.
FEE: $30 per two-hour class; OR $200 for the eight-week series if paid in full by the first class.
(No refunds can be given once payment is made.)
In an extroverted culture such as ours, focus on the “other” receives enormous emphasis while narcissism lurks in the shadows. Neither condition fosters a loving, sacred attention to self, nor to the purpose for one’s own incarnation of Sacred Fire into physical form. All of these issues become especially heightened when someone we love needs care. How can we maintain healthy self-care when the other’s needs seem so much more pressing than our own? And what are the consequences if we don’t?
This series will examine the many issues that challenge each of us whenever we try to care for ourselves in meaningful ways. Themes will include: trying to find balance between the polarities of vitality and depression, purpose for our own life and responsibilities to others, enlightened selfishness and victimization, boundaries and freedom; cultural and family myths about loyalty to others vs. care for self; empathy, vulnerability, love, and transformation. Ultimately, the goal is a greater appreciation for why self-care matters, especially now, in our current chaotic times.
During this eight-week series we will draw upon the wisdom of psychology, mythology, astrology, spirituality, and the personal and professional experiences of participants. Reflective questionnaires will invite deeper self-awareness and serve as prompts for class discussion. Handouts and a list of references will be provided during the first class.
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Free street parking is available on Fourth Avenue between West Broad Street and North Street, but with a two-hour limit. Unlimited free parking is available on North Street and on Fourth Avenue between North Street and Union Boulevard. Metered parking is available on West Broad Street
Stay tuned for information regarding future classes!
Regina Bogle, M.D.
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