Embracing a Holy Practice of Pause
Sat 10:00am - 10:50am
Type of Experience: Workshop
Content Type: Embracing a Holy Practice of Pause
Around the world, people are struggling with exhaustion, chronic stress, and burnout. In 2019, the World Health Organization classified burnout as an occupational phenomenon. Many of us live with an overreactive stress response, putting not only our physical health at risk, but also connections to our deepest selves, to others, and to God. How can we help ourselves and others reclaim a holy practice of pause? During this interactive workshop, participants will explore: --What does a practice of pause look like at different seasons of our lives? Depending on whether you are a student, unemployed, working full-time, a stay-at-home parent, retired, or in the middle of a major life transition, adopting a rhythm of rest may look different for you. What practices can you embrace on a regular basis? --Ancient wisdom traditions and recent developments in brain science align to demonstrate the power of contemplative practices such as prayer and meditation. What does evidence tell us about how spiritual practices can rewire our brain circuitry to be less reactive and more compassionate? How can we realistically adopt practices such as centering prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and periodic retreats? The session will have time for group discussion and small group activities.