The Gnostics recognized the condition of exile as more than an event in history. They saw it as having a profound cosmic and even transcosmic dimension. The human spirit, they held, is quite literally a stranger in a strange land. "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," laments the American spiritual. The Gnostics would have agreed and might have been tempted to replace "sometimes" with "always".
The exile may indeed find himself in a dark land, but his very awareness of the darkness can also reveal a light on the path to freedom. So also, the awareness of our alieness and recognition of our place of exile for what it is are the first great steps on the path of return. We begin to rise as soon as we realize that we have fallen. The predicament of exile and alienation is not confined to humanity nor does it originate at the human level. Long before there was a cosmos as we know it, a great drama of exile and return was played out in the story of the divine feminine being named Sophia. Having resided in the lofty height of eternal Fullness... (Click title to read full article)
Learning to BREATHE is a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents designed for classroom or other settings. The program is tailored to the needs of adolescents in order to help them manage stress, strengthen emotion regulation and attention, and improve well-being. The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications.
If you are interested in on-site training, please contact Trish Broderick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is intended to introduce teachers and clinicians to Learning to BREATHE. Since mindfulness must be experienced by teachers themselves, the workshop includes periods of mindfulness practice for participants. Some prior experience with mindfulness is helpful but is not a prerequisite for participation. Trish Broderick, Ph. D. and Diane Reibel, Ph.D. will be workshop leaders.