Unity offers free 'student of experience' workshop

Everyone experiences shifting emotions and feelings throughout the course of a day, but many of us simply try to ignore them and get on with being productive. However, if we can be a "student of our own experience," we can increase our awareness and understanding of our feelings and emotions, and ultimately move our lives in the direction we choose, rather than being at their mercy. 

The practice of being a "student of experience" will be presented at Unity Spiritual Center, June 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Due to limited seating, registration at www.unityspiritualcenter.com is requested. Author and creator of the Student of Experience practice, Jim McDonald, will guide participants in exploring the idea that we are responsible for our suffering, and that believing someone or something outside of us is responsible is a learned pattern that prevents us from ever being truly free. 

Jim will guide participants in learning how to become students of their own experience – of their physical sensations, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Participants will learn to bring attention to emotions and feelings of which they are unaware, but which are profoundly affecting their lives. Going beyond the old concept that you need to "think positively," he will teach that awareness can literally dissolve the negative thinking.

Participants will learn that letting go and acceptance can become a natural response rather than merely a calming technique, by means of developing a keen awareness of how they experience themselves when not at peace.

"Our intellect knows what to do, and yet our daily practice often falls short," said McDonald. "We find ourselves experiencing anger, frustration, fear, anxiety or worry for reasons that continue to elude us."

The Student of Experience practice is not resignation or life denying, but a discipline in becoming self aware and controlling your feelings – a kind of transcendence. McDonald expects that participants will walk away from the evening with mixed feelings and emotions, yet an unmistakably heightened awareness of the feelings and emotions which can rule them. They will also have learned the core principles of a practice that can be continued for further development.

Unity Spiritual Center is located at 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake, a half-block west of Clague. For more information visit www.unityspiritualcenter.com or call 440-835-0400.

Terri Zajac

I am the volunteer Marketing Director for Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake.

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