NAPT Special Event: Seduce Your Resistance, Celebrate Your Inner Critic & Galvanize Your Magic: The Voice Dialogue Approach to Writing Your Part Out with Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW
Writing is a full-bodied creative endeavor ensnaring and inspiring many different aspects of life, including the Final 8th phenomenon of coming to an abrupt halt – especially when you’re close to nailing your composition. We’ll jump into direct action exercises inspired by the Voice Dialogue method which reveal and release hidden inner blocks as you discover the wisdom of your golden Alter Egos. Added benefit? Fun for all!
Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is the author of The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves To Accomplish Your Goals, published by New World Library whose authors include Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Shakti Gawain, Joseph Campbell and Jean Houston. Bridgit is a former performer who earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and is a Master Trainer and Founder of the New York Voice Dialogue Institute. She has taught Voice Dialogue and Creativity Practices at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute, Expressive Therapies Summit, New York Open Center, Conscious Life Expo/LA and many more. She lives in New York City, where she maintains a thriving private practice. For more information: www.nyvoicedialogue.com
NAPT Special Event: ALLOWING EMPTINESS TO FILL THE PAGE – MINDFULNESS & WRITING with Beth Jacobs, PhD
Mindfulness and writing practices have a lot in common. This workshop will give a depth view of mindfulness and the connections between mindfulness and personal writing. We will explore the history and applications of mindfulness, and we will use writing exercises to bring the ideas to life.
We will discuss the original Buddhist ideas that defined mindfulness and use writing to illustrate the difference between perception and thought. We will write with ‘choiceless objects’ of awareness to examine the background of an empty mind, and then we will write with objects that serve to focus consciousness. We will also discuss obstacles to mindfulness and think of writing techniques that use those obstacles themselves to further awareness.
Participants will gain a well-rounded view of mindfulness and learn several writing exercises that train different mindfulness skills.
Beth Jacobs, Ph.D. is a writer, clinical psychologist in private practice and transmitted lay teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage. She is the author of Long Shadows of Practice: poems, A Buddhist Journal, Writing for Emotional Balance, Paper Sky, and The Original Buddhist Psychology. She facilitates expressive writing groups for children, teenagers, and grandparents.
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