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Attachment Theory & Relationship Skills (Portland, OR)

Is this you?
As you grow in your practice of mindfulness and communication, you realize that communicating differently is only the beginning of how you can transform your relationship to yourself and others.   You experience layers and layers of perspective and understanding as your practice deepens.  You feel a readiness to integrate new understanding, discover new ways of being, and learn more about the nuance of relating.
You are willing to engage from a vulnerable and authentic place to contribute to others and receive from others.  You know this sometimes means pushing through psychic blocks and tolerating the discomfort of being seen and known at new levels.
How does Mindful Compassionate Dialogue (MCD) & Attachment Theory come together?
In this intermediate class series we will weave together MCD and attachment theory.  Bringing these together we will learn new ways to see through reactivity; find feelings, needs, and requests; and create profound healing experiences.  

Thank you for the deep insight, kindness, and encouragement you offer so freely. This is hard work, but you provide a gentle holding space that makes it possible. I think you are providing an invaluable service to our community and to the world!

While we can’t recreate the infant/caregiver attachment experience as adults, there is a lot we can do to create emotional security as adults and enjoy the gifts of that.  MCD provides an ideal doorway to create healthy attachment as an adult.   Empathy is key ingredient for emotional attunement so needed for secure adult relationships.   At the same time, honest expression maintains the clear lines of responsibility and healthy differentiation also necessary for adult relationships.  

What to Expect?
Understanding Concepts:
We will begin by learning the basic concepts and vocabulary of attachment theory.  You will have an opportunity to look at your own relationship experiences through the lens of attachment.  You will discover how your attachment experiences have created unconscious habits of relating.  Adult attachment research has identified three basic patterns of relating.  You will get a chance to see which of these three most matches your own patterns of relating and how this shows up in daily life.
Experiencing the Attachment System:
Once you have a way to name your experience, you will be guided more fully into it.  With a variety of mindfulness exercises, you will get know various dimensions of your experience as your attachment system is activated.  This will include:  body sensations, impulses, images, defenses, thoughts, feelings, needs, and shifts in energy.  As you become more and more familiar with your own unique attachment system, you will find it easier to meet yourself with compassion and stay grounded even in the midst of strong reactions.
Healing & Transformation:
Research relative to mindfulness, empathy, and attachment is very clear about our ability to heal and learn new ways of relating.  Through a safe and structured process each person will be able to engage in experiential exercises that contribute to healing and transformation.

What will you get from the series?
·       An intimate and meaningful experience with group of people dedicated to living awake compassionate lives
·       A new understanding of relationships in your life and how you navigate them
·       Practice and skill in mindfulness and connecting compassionately with yourself and others
·       Healing and transformative experiences
·       A deeper sense of being at home and grounded in your own body


6:30pm - 9pm, 4 Consecutive Thursdays, September 6 - 27th, 2018
Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark, Portland OR 97215
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$140.00   Register Online
CANCELLATION POLICY:  to meet needs for inclusion, security, and predictability refunds are only given if requested 72 hours before the start of the course, so please discern carefully.