I am pleased to know that there is much eagerness and enthusiasm about the final MMSP project. Everyone seems to be onboard! I am grateful for your positive feedback. This project is intended to deepen and integrate our learning, practice, and community stewardship.
Step 1: Choose A Course Topic
Below are six course descriptions. Each course choice allows for a diversity of participants and the inclusion of all of the necessary MMSP elements required to be integrated into the project.
You are asked to rank the courses below according to your level of interest in the topic. Think carefully about your ranking and choose topics that are relevant to you. Keep in mind; we want to bring our authority, authenticity, and friendship to the course. I will try my best to assign to you your first or second preferred course topic.
PLEASE NOTE: The titles and content listed below are not final. You and your group will decide on an appropriate program title, course intention, and marketing strategy. Your collaboration will co-create the course.
1. AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS IN DAILY LIFE:
This course provides an introduction to mindfulness as it relates to and can be applied to everyday life. Although formal practices will be introduced, informal practice and applied mindfulness and life contemplation will be emphasized.
2. MINDFUL SELF DISCOVERY AND LIVING WITH AUTHENTICITY
This course offers participants an opportunity to apply mindfulness and meditation as a means for self-awareness, self-discovery, and living in a way that is connected to and in alignment with one's personal authenticity and purpose.
3) INTRODUCTION TO LOVING-KINDNESS PRACTICE
This course introduces Loving-Kindness Meditation and offers ways to develop a skillful formal practice. The course will offer traditional teachings and practices complemented by current science and evidence-based research.
4) MINDFULNESS AND SELF-COMPASSION
This course presents mindfulness as a means to cultivate self-compassion. Participants will learn approaches that can transform patterns of destructive thoughts and emotions and cultivate personal strength, acceptance, care, health, and well-being.
5) MINDFULNESS AND STRESS REDUCTION
This course applies mindfulness in managing life stress. Participants will learn how to cultivate a formal meditation practice and apply the principles of mindfulness to challenging internal and external life conditions with the wisdom and skill needed to live with health and well-being.
6) INTERPERSONAL AWAKENING
This course helps participants use mindfulness practices to be fully present in relationship life. Participants will learn ways to increase and improve relationship understanding, enhance connection with others, decrease reactivity and negative momentum, and respond to others with greater wisdom and compassion.
NOTE: The Interpersonal Awakening course is a further development of a workshop that Jessica Chapin and Lauri Flick-Harty are developing with passion and dedication. Your participation in this course will help them further co-create and grow this meaningful program.
STEP 2: CHOOSE A ROLE
The courses will develop from the collaboration of the assigned group. Everyone in each group will play a vital role in ensuring the integrity of the course as a whole.
Each course will have two or more MMSP participants acting as facilitators while the rest of the group helps to co-create the container and curriculum for the course with authenticity, authority, and friendship.
NOTE: It is ultimately up to you and your group to decide who and how the role of facilitator will be utilized within the curriculum development and course delivery. Identifying whether or not you are interested in the facilitator role will help me balance out the groups.
Those who take on the Teacher roles are responsible for presenting the didactic and homiletic content, guiding formal practice, making space for dialogue and inquiry, and stewarding the group.
The entire group is responsible for developing the course curriculum content and course structure, and ensuring a safe container for the co-creation of mindfulness through learning, practice, and community.
STEP 3: Fill out the questionnaire :)
I will be begin putting the groups together on Sunday, May 14th. Please fill out this questionnaire as soon as you are able. This will help everyone find a course and a group that is mutually supportive. ~ Jesse.