November / December 2010

Notes to Self
news and ideas from
The Learning Space


As the year winds down, the natural tendency is to look back in review. This issue of our newsletter offers ideas from which personal, societal, and global challenges can be considered from a more broader perspective.

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Society in Trouble: A Natural Systems View
A view from natural systems study and Bowen theory addresses emotional process in society through the lens of density, disorder, and violence, the impact of societal process on family process, and creative action in society. Registration details.
Polarizations are easy to see, especially in our politically driven media...listen, do what I say, pick this side. When simplicity rules there are only two sides, right and wrong. It's a little harder to see the polarization when it's close to home because it's more emotional when your spouse is yelling at you or your daughter is failing in school. At these times we are more driven to act based on feeling personally threatened. All kinds of emotional polarizations are coming at us...
The Friendship Connection: A Holiday Workshop for Women
As we prepare for another holiday season centered around family and friends, join us in a special celebration and exploration of friendship and the vital role these special bonds between women play. Registration details.
The Ultimate Family Team Building
Elaine, my first cousin, and I travelled to the desert 3 years ago. The desert is Palm Springs and it is the home of our mothers' brother, then age 87. Uncle T had summoned the two of us to his marble walled, marbled floor home to talk about three of his concerns: his concerns at the end of his life, where we could find his valuables once he was gone, and the details of his complicated funeral...
Breathing Meditation Workshop

Regulating the breath, one of the most basic functions of life, provides an opportunity to interrupt our automatic reactivity to life's circumstances.

This unique, half-day workshop is designed to enhance your ongoing effort at self-regulation by integrating the science of breath and the ideas of Bowen family systems theory into your life. Key skills on the path towards greater flexibility and creativity amidst life's challenges are featured.  December 11. Registration details.

Emergence of Self 
This monthly forum deepens our thinking about the impact of relationships on functioning. It is an opportunity for long-term students of Bowen Theory to define their personal effort as a self. 
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In This Issue
Society in Trouble
Band-Aids & Polarizations
Breathing Meditation
Family Team Building

Upcoming Programs

A Thinking Person's Guide to Divorce: Navigating the Tightrope

Beyond Protocols:
Learning Across the Life Cycle

Bowen Theory Primer

Neurofeedback & Self-Regulation


Notes to Self
is a bi-monthly publication of

The Learning Space.

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