Mental health and spirituality increasingly overlap in both theory and practice. Is there a link? To explore the answer to this question, and to develop safer practices for those working in these fields, a series of three evening sessions with Ezra Hewing, will explore the following themes:
- Exploring the Connection: Mental wellbeing & Spirituality - Wednesday 16th May, 6pm-7.30pm.
This first session will examine the overlap between mental wellbeing and spirituality. By drawing upon traditional and modern psychology, and the neuroscience of mental health we will look at: how spiritual practices can help or harm mental health, the brain state behind dreaming, meditation and learning, what connects consciousness, meaning and resilience & safe practice when working at the interface between spirituality and mental wellbeing.
- Mastering Emotions: Freedom from ancient mechanisms - Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-7.30pm.
Are you affected by strong emotions and behaviours which cause you distress? Do they get in the way of your life goals and self-development? In this session we will discover: the ancient mechanisms which affect modern lives, the hidden traumas which drive harmful behaviours, which techniques work to diffuse trauma and why & how everyday practices can give you greater self-control.
- Seeking the Self in an Age of Uncertainty - Wednesday 4th July 6pm-7.30pm
The western world in the twentieth century saw an increased focus on the self. But what is the self and why do so many of us seem so preoccupied with it? Approaches to mental health and spirituality have a lot to say about the self, and in this final session we shall ask: is the ‘self’ an illusion? From where and why did the ‘self’ evolve? How do I know which ‘I’ I am? What is the link between self-concept, mental health and spirituality?
Please note, there is a minimum donation of £10 per session to be paid on the night.