Hitting the Reset Button: Daring to Change©
Sewanee, TN 37375
This is a four-week workshop that take place from 1 pm to 8 pm on four Sundays: Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3, and March 10.
This workshop is an expansion of Maryellen McCone and Richard Barrali’s class, Hitting the Reset Button© with additional work based on Brené Brown’s Daring Way™️ and Rising Strong™️ research on shame and vulnerability as well as Kristen Neff’s research on mindful self-compassion.
Studies show that a mindfulness meditation practice can have profound effects on the structure of the brain. Harvard researcher Sara Lazar and her team published a study in 2011 that showed increases in the cortical thickness in the hippocampus (which governs learning and memory) and decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala (the part of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and stress). Mindfulness meditation can make a significant impact on our tendency to be reactive and to continue old patterns of behavior whether they are helpful or not. Another consistent finding in the research literature is that greater self-compassion is linked to less anxiety and depression. Coupling a mindfulness practice with self-compassion can literally change our brain in ways that can allow us to alter our response to life’s inherent stress and live in a state of greater equanimity.
Participants will explore the beliefs that prevent us from living the life we want to live, such as fear of failure, and practice strategies to override these very common tendencies. This workshop will utilize personal exercises in addition to videos and group work.
About the presenters:
Maryellen McCone, RN, MA, LPC-MHSP
Maryellen is a long-time resident of Sewanee. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College in Vermont and has a private practice in Sewanee. She became interested in mindful self compassion work several years ago and attended the University of California, San Diego Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training in Sedona, Arizona with Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. She is a CDWF-Candidate in Daring Way™️ an empirically based training and certification program for helping professionals, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. She has taught workshops in Mindful Self-Compassion and The Daring Way™️
Richard Barrali, CYT
Richard has been practicing yoga for 30 years and has been a certified teacher for 11 years. He attends regular meditation retreats and received teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion through University of California, San Diego with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. He currently teaches a mindful yoga practice for inpatients as well as in the Intensive Outpatient group at Focus Drug Treatment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as teaching a class at the Sewanee Community Center.