As we approach the Christmas holidays and the television advertisements become more and more persuasive, we bring you suggestions as to how you can stay calm and centered amidst the noise of crackers being pulled and presents being tossed aside. We also offer you ways to prepare yourself for a fresh start in 2016. 

Featured this month:
  • Tim Laurence, Hoffman UK founder and author of the revised edition of 'You Can Change Your Life' shares his experience of using Hoffman Tools for over 24 years. 
  • Your chance to dance! Join our Hoffman 5Rhythms© class in London
  • 'Walking on Sunshine', Hoffman Graduate Rachel Kelly introduces her new book
  • Upcoming dates and events
  • Keep present to your own presence with the monthly top tip!
With love from The Hoffman Team. 
 
P.S. The good news is, it's less than a month before the days get longer...
 



Cartoon - Change Your Life
In this interview, Hoffman UK founder and author, Tim Laurence,  reminds us that long-lasting change only happens if you change from the inside and commit to new behaviour. Happiness doesn't happen  just b y hanging more baubles on the Christmas tree...

"I don't think words by themselves could ever completely convey the depth of the actual Hoffman experience. The exercises in the book are there to get things going. If someone then wants to do the Process, they'll be better prepared. If they've already done the Process, it's an accessible reminder of the exercises and principles that they've learned.
 
Tim also has s ome great suggestions on how to navigate the choppy waters of family gatherings this December. " My prescription is; 'Communication with liberal doses of patience'. Remember that your family may still see you in a certain role. If you don't act that way, they're confused. Keep talking, and if it's appropriate, let people know what's going on with you on a deeper level. It may even open the floor up to others and get a real conversation going, rather than just a safe but superficial one."

Click  here  to read Tim's interview and top tips for enjoying the holiday season.



Walking On Sunshine!  

Walking on Sunshine
Rachel Kelly, Hoffman Graduate and author of Black Rainbow, has just launched her new book Walking on Sunshine

This amusingly illustrated book offers 52 tips, tools and positive ideas (one for each week of the year) to better manage everyday pressures. Fellow Hoffman Graduate, Oliver James describes the book as 'age-old wisdom delivered with new magic.'   We asked Rachel what motivated her to start writing again:

" Walking on Sunshine seemed to write itself following the publication of my memoir Black Rainbow in 2014 on how I'd suffered from debilitating depression. I began to keep a diary of my year, detailing the salad bowl of strategies I use to keep calm and steady as challenges arise through the seasons. Some techniques I've relied on for years; others reflect new ones that others have shared with me in the course of my work. 

Many ideas reflect what I learnt at the Hoffman Process: the need to accept rather than deny difficult feelings, especially anger; the importance of fun, so often forgotten in our hectic rush; the links between body and mind; and the importance of creating a personal sanctuary through visualisation - in my case with the help of poetry. Thank you Hoffman."
 
Rachel now run workshops for mental health charities including Mind and Depression Alliance and she is an Ambassador for SANE. 

Click  here to order a copy of her book for Christmas or click  here to read more about Rachel and how she overcame her depression. 

Let's Dance, Hoffman Style!

Lemur Dancing
24 hours left to try something new!
 
This Monday, 30 November, come and join other Hoffman Graduates and use 5Rhythms© dance to release some tension and stress in a safe, guided and supportive environment.  5Rhythms© is a dynamic way to work out, express yourself and let it all go.
 
We are delighted to be working with certified 5Rhythms© teacher and Hoffman Graduate Catherine Gaynor. Catherine will be leading this two-hour session exclusively for Hoffman Graduates.  Grab this opportunity (and a few of your buddies) and don't worry about not knowing what to do or whether you feel awkward dancing in public. We've all done Hoffman and you know what strange experiences went on there!   

Date: Monday 30 November 2015 

Time: 7pm start - 9.30pm (please arrive from 6.30pm to warm up).
Cost: £15 per person or £8 for concessions/unwaged.
Venue: Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms, London SE1 0EP  

Click  here for more information and to book

For Hoffman Graduates

Come to Closure: Thursday 10 December
Re-experience the Closure visualisation, see some of the teachers and celebrate with new Hoffman Graduates.
Venue: Florence House, East Sussex
Next dates: Thursday 14 January                    
More info & to book

Support Call: Wednesday 16 December 
Your Christmas First Aid Kit.
Arm yourselves with some emergency tools to make the Christmas season  go smoothly and with love and light... 
Led by Hoffman Supervising Teacher, Matthew Pruen.
Time: 7.30-8.45pm
Next call: Wednesday 20 January 
London Support Evening: Thursday 7 January
Led by a member of the Hoffman team, the evening will give you the chan ce to set some goals for 2016, practise some tools and meet up with other Hoffman graduates. 
Venue: Awareness Centre, Clapham SW4 9JX (TBC)
Time:  7.30-9.30pm
Next date:  Tuesday 9 February 
 
Q2 Refresher: 29-31January 2016 (wait list in operation)
3 days to remind yourself of your Process.
The Q2 allows you to build upon your Process work, providing an opportunity to explore some of the areas, relationships or challenges that need a bit of tidying up. You can come alone, or with members from your Process. Use the Q2 to reconnect and set new visions and intentions for the future.
Venue: Florence House, East Sussex
Next Q2: July 1-3. Book ahead to avoid disappointment
More info & to book 
 
Reconnection Day: Saturday 27 February  
Rekindle your vision, clarify your direction and remind yourself how the Hoffman tools can be used on a daily basis. Invite members of your Hoffman Process group and reconnect to that Hoffman sparkle.
Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm 
Venue: Guild of Psychotherapists, London.
The Hoffman JournalThe Hoffman Post Process Journal
A handy journal that provides you with a reminder of the Hoffman tools and techniques 365 days of the year. Start any time and keep Hoffman with you by your side.

Hoffman App The Hoffman App
If you struggle to think of the tools, let alone use them the Hoffman App could be just the thing you need. Have fun with all the tools on offer, including a Wiffle bat for a bit of energetic release! Available for iphone and android.

Questions? please call 01903 889990 or  email us 




Other Diary Dates...

Information Evenings Information Evening:
Tuesday 15 December
7.30pm-9.30pm. Regent's University, London NW1 4NS 
 
Introduction Day:
Saturday 16 January 2016

Information Phone-In:  
Tuesday 8 December, 
Process Next Process Dates:
December 5-11,  Florence House, E. Sussex  FULL*
January 9-16Florence House, E. Sussex 
January 30-Feb 5Dunford House, W. Sussex
February 13-19Florence House, E. Sussex
March 5-11, Florence House, E. Sussex  
 
*WAIT LIST IN OPERATION  
Questions?  call 01903 889990 or  email us



Hoffman Monthly Top Tip

Meditating Panda
Every Breath You Take
Try this Mindful meditation to keep you present this December.
 
PREPARATION
Sit in a comfortable chair, one in which you can easily sit up straight. Close your eyes, then  gently open them slightly with your gaze comfortably lowered downwards.
 
MEDITATION
Start by watching the process of your breathing. Just observe each breath as it happens, whether  you focus on the rise and fall of your stomach, or on the feeling of the breath at the nostrils.  Don't control your breathing. Just observe it as it happens.
You may find your mind wandering, either because of distractions or simply ideas popping
up. When you notice this, accept it and let it go, returning to the observation of your breath.
 
FINISHING
Take a few minutes to really feel connected with the present. Spread your awareness from
your breathing into your body, tracking through it for sensations. Then take your attention to
the space around you, allow your gaze to take in more light and colour, and re-join the world.
Welcome back. Now gently reconnect with your day and remember to breathe. 

Until Next Month...
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