If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." ~Toni Morrison
Our hearts extend to those near and far affected by storm Erika and other unfortunate news that continues to remind us of the need to love and support one another with the precious time we all have. Sending love and healing to our readers who are in emotional or physical pain, and those who are outside of our physical connection.
Sometimes all you need to do is surrender to what is, allow life to take its own course, and stepping out of your own way. When you trust that all flows with ease, you may just find yourself falling into peace and life falling into place (or perhaps adjusting to a new way).
Easier said than done for sure in many cases and for many people...and this is not to say that sitting back and doing nothing will lead to great accomplishments. Any goal, from developing a healthier pattern to resolving something from the past, requires dedication and conscious mindful effort. However, there are many situations where life flows more smoothly when you surrender to the moment rather than trying to fight it.
If you're feeling up to experimenting with surrender, here are some key steps to practice falling into peace and riding the winds of life. Practice these steps when feeling somewhat calm and then implement when life becomes a little more stressful. See if you notice any difference with how you handle stressful situations compared to when you don't surrender...
1. Silently repeat positive affirmations to yourself (Eg. I am worthy; I am smart; I can do it, etc.). Change is more likely to happen with gentle, loving, assurance.
2. Be grateful for all we take for granted (Eg. Clean water, clothes, support of friends/family), and also for the tiniest shifts you see within yourself, those around you, or your environment (Wow, no red lights on the way to work! Or My boss gave me a compliment!)
3. Focus on what's within your control in this very moment, each moment. (Eg. I can't get to everything on my to-do list today, but I'll focus on the first task right now.)
If you try this out, please let us know your feedback! Like anything, we would not expect a drastic change with one practice and most positive outcomes will take practice over a period of time.
FALL INTO PEACE ~
FALL 2015 SCHEDULE begins September 1st
(Classes cancelled Saturday 9/5 and Labor Day Monday 9/7)
We are excited to fall into peace with a new schedule! While some classes return, we are also adding others. For more information on any of the following, call us at (239) 325-9210 or visit our website www.MonarchTherapy.com or calendar:
(Mondays starting after Labor Day)
1st and 3rd Monday 6:30-8pm
2nd and 4th Monday 2:30-4pm
Connect with your own inner power, release the feeling of victimization, and tap into your creative energies!
Creative approaches for self-awareness and healing. Embrace your inner child through creative and expressive arts and music.
With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
4th Monday of the Month-6:30-7:30pm FREE (no cost) Laughter Club in partnership with the Mental Health Association of SWFL
Calm your body with gentle yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. With Michelle Falco, RYT
A one-hour workshop of integrative relaxation, yoga, and other movements based on ancient wisdom teachings. With Peggy Sealfon, Certified Amrit Yoga Teacher
Gentle class customized based on interest and needs of participants.
with Peggy Sealfon and Michelle Falco
Combines practical tools of 12 step program with yoga. For individuals recovering from trauma, loss, addictions (food, substances, gambling, etc.) and other emotional challenges.
with Michelle Falco
Learn to quiet the chatter of the mind access the stillness within.
with William Ward (weekly class to begin based on interest during the week)
- 1st Thursday of the month: Integrative Relaxation with Peggy Sealfon (moving to 2nd Thursday in October)
- 2nd Thursday of the month: Sound Bath with William Ward (moving to 1st Thursday in October)
- 3rd Thursday of the month: Transformational Breath® with Carrie Sopko
- 4th Thursday of the month: Yoga for a Healthy Lifestyle with Michelle Falco
- 5th Thursday of Julys: Simultaneous Transformational Breath® and Sound Bath with Carrie and William
Teen Yoga-based on interest with Salima Silverman
Salima also continues to facilitate a free yoga for special needs class at House of Gaia in partnership with KNEADS and House of Gaia on Saturdays. Call for more information.
with Jill Emmerich
Build peer support, communication skills, self-confidence, and self-expression thru connection and creative expression.
School age children build social and communication skills.
With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA
School age siblings, or children living together in a family unit learn to work and live together more cooperatively, solve problems, and support each other within the family dynamic.
With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA
Develop healthy coping skills from an early age thru use of movement, breath, sound, and relaxation.
With Salima Silverman, William Ward, and Michelle Falco
FEEL FREE TO BROWSE OUR FULL SCHEDULE AND STAY CONNECTED WITH US ON MEETUP:
If you are looking for step-by-step tips to reduce anxiety, Peggy Sealfon's book is now available at our office! :)