Please join us for homemade food, good company and conscious conversation
Wednesday Afternoon from 12pm to 1:30pm (Every week)
Saturday from 10:30 am to 12pm (Once a month)
Space is limited call Christine with questions or to send a check 314-322-1944
Schedule for June, July and August
- June 1st: Power of EmotionsEmotions can effect our perspective, health, intelligence and our overall life experience.
Today, we will look the power of understanding our emotions and share practical suggestions to manage and regulate emotions to increase our effectiveness and well-being.
Looking forward to an interactive conversation!
- June 8th: IntuitionIntuition is defined as the natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence.
Ancient philosophy, modern psychology, religions and esoteric domains, all discuss and value intuition.
Descriptions of intuitive process range from glimpses of greater knowledge; higher function of the mind; instinct, truth, belief, aesthetic or general creative abilities. Intuition has been associated with innovation in scientific discovery; and even described as the result of reading social cues and the ability to tap into divine guidance.
During today’s interactive discussion we will share techniques for developing and improving intuition.
- June 15th: PerspectivePerspective is defined as “a particluar attitude toward or way of regarding something”. Perspective is how we perceive things in the context of the whole and how we judge the importance of one thing in relation to others. Perspective can be an exercise in critical thinking and reasoning or it can be an emotionally centered event.
Henry David Thoreau said: “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
William James, psychologist, said: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind”.
Today we will discuss the perspective that ‘life is a subjective experience and it is up to each of us to decide how we choose to view and experience it’. Please bring examples to share of how this is true in your experience!
- July 20th: Breathing to Reduce Stress“Change your breath, change your life…”
Focusing on your own breathing can have a significant impact on your well-being and stress levels. Scientific studies have demonstarted that your breathing patterns can even create physiological changes like lowering your blood pressure, stimulating brain growth; improving heart rate variability; alleviating anxiety and negative emotions; alering gene expression; etc…
During today’s discussion we will review the physiological dynamics behind the breath and share several breathing techniques and their impact on your physiological functioning.
- July 27th: CheerfulnessDictionary defines Cheerful as: “characterized by or expressive of good spirits”.
Scientific studies found that trait cheerfulness contributes to quality of life or overall well-being by enabling individuals to positive emotions and maintaining them in face of adversity, and longer lasting states of cheerfulness may be seen as element of well-being.
Yogic philosophy says that “Cheerfulness is a spontaneous expression of a purified heart and steady mind. A clear mind is naturally blessed with cheerfulness, and a cheerful person spontaneously loves all and hates none. ”
Today we will discuss strategies to cultivate “inner cheerfulness”, in the midst of more challenginglife circumstances.
- August 3rd: Creating ChangeChange is a process. Both experts in the business world and pyschological research have defined several of the components that must be present in order for change to occur.
During today’s discussion, we will review some of the common principles, and barriers and share strategies that have helped us make sustainable change in our personal and professional lives.
- August 10th: Everything is Energy“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla
Are we measuring vibrational frequency or measuring consciousness. How can we use our emotions as markers or indicators and use our will/determination to make shifts that serve us more fully.
Today we will look at the subject of how we evaluate our state of mind and discuss strategies for shifting into a more beneficial/productive aligned state. You are not your thoughts but your thoughts can impact who you become…
Let’s share stories of how this looks in our lives!
Soup’s ready at 12pm – focused group conversation starts at 12:30
Price $20/per person
(suggested price $10 for food and $10 for person facilitating,
however sliding scale available, as appropriate)
Lunch includes homemade soup, salad and dessert. Tea is on as well.
“To go” mason jars of soup are available for sale (pre-order to ensure availability)
Past Discussions January thru May
- January 6th: GratitudeThe word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Scientific studies show that expression of gratitude can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages!
Today’s group conversation will explore several gratitude practices that have been proven to change your health and well-being!
- January 13th: Writing Life StoriesWriting as a Spiritual practice heals. Sharing your voice and being witnessed with loving attention is very powerful medicine.
Today’s group conversation, led by Melanie Klug, will focus on writing tips for sharing your story from an empowered voice.
- January 20th: RACISM AND UNCONSCIOUS BIASWhat role does the collective unconcious play in Racism?
Is Racism a public health infrastructure issue?
How can we as individuals play a role in shifting the paradigm?
We will begin today’s group conversation by watching TedX of Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, giving four allegories on Race and Racism. We will then discuss our impressions and experiences having taken the online Implicit Association Test.
Please take at least one IAT test online before the group discussion.
- February 3rd: Sacred SpacesFEBRUARY 3RD: Sacred Spaces
Almost all spiritual traditions have sacred space. Have you already create a personal sacred space? What does it look like? Why is it important to you? What makes something a sacred space?
Today’s group conversation, led by Victor Farwell, will include clearing techniques and suggestions for building sacred space.
- February 10th: Love LanguagesDr. Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages”, descibes how understanding our partner’s, children’s, friends and colleagues primary ‘Love Language’ can improve the quality of our relationships.
Today’s group conversation (just in time for Valentines Day) will include a summary of Chapman’s Love Languages and strategies to speak another’s love language (which is often quite different form your own).
Please take this online test to discover your Love Language before the group discussion.
- February 17th: Naturopathic MedicineA specific approach to addressing health concerns combining the mind, body and spirit, using constitutional homeopathy (uses natural products and is based on the body’s ability to heal itself).
Today’s group conversation is led by Dr. Jamila Owens-Todd, ND of the Meridian Institute for Naturopathic Therapies (MINT)
- February 24th: Postponed due to weather conditions
- March 2nd: “Our Energetic/Subtle Body”Many spiritual traditions refer to our subtle or esoteric body. “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19): “Body of resurrection”(Esoteric Christianity): “The most sacred body” (wujud al-aqdas): “True and genuine body” (jism asli haqiqi/Sufism): “The diamond body” (in Taoism and Vajrayana); “The light body” or “Rainbow body” (Tibetan Buddhism): “The body of bliss” (Kriya Yoga): and “The immortal body” (Soma athanaton/Hermeticism): etc…
Today’s group conversation will include a summary glance at a few traditions and different definitions of the subtle body. We’ll have a quick overview from the Yogic/Ayruvedic Philosophy (e.g. Vayus, Koshas, Chakras, Nadis, Meridans, Doshas, and Elements).
We will discuss easily accessible everyday practices to keep ourselves balanced and clear.
- March 9th: Using Reiki to Energize Your LifeReiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Science is discovering and validating how the Reiki energy works through our myofascial system to help us heal. Currently, throughout the world, there are over 40 scientific groups researching biophotonics and associated therapies, including Reiki.
Scientifc studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Reiki and according to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services concurrently with mainstream treatments.
The great thing about Reiki, is that it is for everyone: atheist, religious and spiritual. Belief or understanding really doesn’t matter. Reiki works regardless, whether you take a scientific or a spiritual view.
Today’s group conversation will describe a brief history of Reiki and will include an overview of the different uses of Reiki. We will also discuss the benefits of receiving a treatment and/or an attunement. Anyone attending today’s discussion receives 20% discount off a Reiki treatment.
- March 16th: KindnessResearchers have found a positive correlation between happiness and kindness. And it’s not just that happier people are kinder, or kinder people are happier. One of the studies shows that engaging in a random act of kindness — even if you’re told by a researcher to do so — improves your happiness level.
Other studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism.
Today’s group conversation will include a summary review of these studies and lots of conversation about ways to increase our kindness.
Also, FYI, coming to St Louis on April 5th, The film “Kindness is Contagious” Register here: Kindness is Contagious
- March 23rd: Tips for Healthy Eating Using Ayurvedic PrinciplesAyurveda is the ancient medical system of India that began over 5,000 years ago. It offers one of the fastest paths to health. This holistic approach to health allows you to become a balanced, vital, happy person.
It can help you understand your body and how to prevent or minimize disease. Ayurveda helps you experience food, understand its effects on your body, and naturally crave and choose the foods that are right for you.
Today’s discussion will include several practical Ayurvedic guidelines that are quick, effective rules for using food to balance your health.
- March 30th: Enjoying LifeAdults are oblivious to what they knew as kids — that play is where you live.
“Grownups aren’t supposed to play. We have problems. We’re too busy. We have important things to do. It turns out, though, that there are few things more important to your happiness than frequent doses of play.”
Adult play is a time to forget about work and commitments, and to be social in an unstructured, creative way. The focus of play is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing any goal.
One scientific study, led by Princeton researcher Alan Krueger found, of all the things on the planet, we’re at our happiest when we’re involved in engaging leisure activities.
Today’s discussion we will review a few of these scientific studies and we’ll share practical ideas about how to find time to play as adults while fullfilling our responsibilities at the same time! “Live, Love and “Fill in the blank”!”
- April 6th: Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)NET is a mind-body technique that finds and removes neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress.
NET can help improve many behavioral stress-related and physical conditions, including headaches, body pains, phobias, general anxiety, self-sabotaging behaviors, organ dysfunctions, etc. NET removes blocks to the natural vitalism of the body, “allowing” the body to repair itself naturally.
Today’s conversation is led by Dr. Amy Richard is a certified level II NET doctor. She has a uniquely gentle approach to health, addressing the cause of your health concern using forms of kinesiology.
- May 18th: What Influences our HappinessHappiness is a ‘positive’ emotion is correlated with longevity, increased health and well-being. So highly valued that, “The pursuit of happiness”, is identified as a universal right by the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Research on emotional resilience shows that managing to find joy and contentment with the way life is going regardless of circumstances, ‘emotional fluctuations’ and stress is an important factor in health and well-being. Other research also demonstrates that acknowledging and expressing a full range of emotions is critical to our mental health.
Today’s discussion we will cover a few of these scientific studies and we’ll share practical ideas/tools about how to find happiness in stressful times!
- May 25th: CreativityCreativity is about living life as a journey seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of simple every day acts.
Research has found creativity reduces stress and keeps us healthy. Creative pursuits help us focus our attention, similar to the way that meditating does. Many of the physical and mental benefits of of creativity involve being in flow, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s term for that state we get into when we are so engaged in a creative task that our sense of time disappears and we temporarily forget ourselves and our “internal chaos.” We forget about our bodies and our unhelpful thoughts disappear for a while. Psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott says “being creative moves us closer to discovering our true self”.
Today we will discuss creativity and share practical tips for integrating creative expression into our life.