for many people, young adulthood is a time of possibility and a time to begin letting go of old beliefs that get in the way of living a meaningful, messy, and joyful life.
i wrote this article to inspire discussion around what young adults want and need in counseling.
read the article HERE
self-compassion practices can be helpful when incorporated into therapy. i wrote this article for my fellow clinicians to generate discussion around the use of self-compassion practice and when it may (or may not) have benefit.
you can read the article HERE.
peace and ease.
i am excited to announce a workshop that i am offering at the JUMP building in downtown boise, idaho. it is called the loving-kindness meditation for emotional health workshop. through guided meditation, we will explore ways of relating to our inner experience with empathy and kindness.
much gratitude to the JUMP building and staff and to the body of research produced by drs. kristin neff and chris germer.
self-compassion has been a vital part of my personal practice for the past five years and I am so grateful to be able to share this "medicine" with others.
see you there.
the loving-kindness meditation for emotional health workshop
thoughts from teotihuacan, mexico...
i volunteered to lead a group that would create a center altar during dia de los muertos celebrations.
before beginning, we sat in a circle with our breath. i asked the group how to honor the flowers that were collaborating with us to make this altar.
an abundance of ideas emerged.
we included the whole plant as much as possible for a raw, natural look.
this vibrant altar remained for several days and sparked conversation about humankind's return to balance with the natural world.
gratitude to all living things.
once a year, the jung center showcases the artwork of its students, members, instructors, volunteers, and staff. the artists work in a variety of media to explore their own inner journeys and find meaning in everyday life. i created three pieces for this show.
this is my first exhibition. beginner's mind.
visions: a celebration of the creativity of the jung center community
thoughts about a community art project...
it's called growing compassion.
my hope is that it continues to inspire compassion as it hangs on the wall at the center for creative resources in houston, tx.
i collected messages and art on small squares of paper from the 2017 compassion fest and NAMI houston walk.
people visiting the booths were asked if they would like to make some art and write a compassionate message to themselves, others, and/or the community.
the messages were tied so that they move freely and both sides of the cards are visible.
peace to all living things.
they say to practice self-compassion is to treat yourself like you would treat a beloved friend.
join us friday, april 28th from 7 to 8:30 pm at yogaleena studio to learn how to cultivate positive emotions toward yourself.
research has found that people who practice self-compassion are more resilient, less reactive, and have a healthier self-concept.
registration in advance is recommended on the yogaleena website.
see you there.
on sundays, september 11th, 18th, 25th, and october 2nd from 9 to 10:30 am, join us for a gentle flow led by yogaleena studio owner (and amazing person), carolina vennie, followed by complementary starbucks coffee and group discussion led by jillian winters (that's me ya'll).
the purpose of the group is to relax, have fun, and have real conversations with real women about topics important to us.
the class is $20 and you can sign up for each class individually here: www.yogaleenastudio.com.
this women's group is growing so pre-registration is highly recommended.
see you bright and early.
thoughts on a community art project...
it's called catching compassion.
it began april 10, 2016 with a booth at houston's compassion week opening celebration.
it evolved through the collection of compassionate messages and community artwork on 100% recycled, 30% post-consumer waste business card-sized paper.
participants were invited to "make one or take one" of the cards to inspire and offer compassion.
the cards were woven and tied into a dream catcher to symbolize our web of interconnectedness.
this living project sought to engage people of all ages and backgrounds by continuing to catch and offer compassionate art and wishes. it is part community art installation and part reservoir of compassionate messages.
my hope for this project is that it will cultivate one of the most positive and enjoyable states of the human experience. i know it did for me.
special thanks to katherine smith, laura tyagi, john "salty" thomason, and jyl scott-reagan for their input on the project.
may all beings feel compassion.