High Octave Living
This eight week course offers an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, along with exploring 24 universal human character strengths. The unique symbiosis of these two elements provides rich opportunities for bettering one's life.
Although instruction here is for beginners, practitioners of mindfulness know that it's cumulative and that meditating with others is often beneficial. With the diverse types of meditation sampled, an experienced instructor, and some live music, the course should be helpful and enjoyable for most levels of experience.
The character work is based on the groundbreaking research available through the VIA Institute on Character. Each participant will start with the VIA survey to determine their personal "signature strengths". From here, we work with how these core elements can be used to increase one's self-understanding, daily effectiveness and happiness/fulfillment. There has been much recent research done on each strength and how it can improve one's life.
Each participant is asked to attend all eight Zoom sessions since both the course flow and the group connection have a cumulative nature. Each session will be recorded for an emergency absence.
To get the most from this course please be prepared to spend an average of a half hour to an hour each day between sessions in short meditations and working with the materials. If you latch onto just a few favorite elements of this work, over time the rewards can become very evident. Many of the ideas and practices presented here have deep roots in human history.
To register for the Jan. 6 course please put through the $50 deposit below which is refundable if the course is cancelled for any reason.
Thanks for your interest in this amazing work put together substantially by Ryan Niemiec, Psy.D., education director for the VIA Institute. I hope to share this beautiful and effective way of looking at life with many Vermonters.