“Care is a state in which something does matter. It is the source of human tenderness.” Rollo May, Psychologist
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Through acts of caregiving, either as family members, friends, or professionals we enter into a territory of significance, one in which we see others as mattering. We choose deliberately to alleviate suffering and to provide guidance and comfort. This very choice — noble, kind and meaningful — can be the choice, however, that brings suffering of it’s own. As caregivers our lives or work can become constricted by time pressures, confusing diagnoses and symptoms, increased worry and doubt, and the presence of chronic pain or sorrow. It becomes hard, sometimes, to love our lives while care for others. In this conversation,
Maria Sirois, explores with us the paradoxes of finding happiness while present to anguish, of remembering the good as we live with fear, anger, sadness, and of loving the life we have, even as it may not be the life we wanted. Integrating research from the fields of positive psychology, resilience and mind/body medicine, Maria brings us a template of principles and practices that elevate our sense of wellbeing and open the door to a deepened tenderness toward ourselves and toward our own living.
Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the intersections of psychology and wellbeing for more than twenty years, focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, life flourishing through positive psychology, and personal transformation. Known for her wisdom, fearless authenticity and rampant humor, she brings a depth of experience to the worlds of health and wellness for corporate and non-profit audiences alike.
Sirois is the author of the forthcoming book A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience, which is used as a teaching tool in wellness centers, hospices and hospitals and brings forward wisdom from those who are living while dying.
A master teacher, who presents internationally, Sirois has been called an orator of great power and beauty. With Tal Ben-Shahar, she co-leads a year-long certificate training program in positive psychology for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counselors and the general public. She has recently developed the Teaching for Transformation series, which is designed for all presenters who seek to develop and improve their skills and impact.
She is vice president of curriculum for Wholebeing Institute.
For more information about Sirois visit: www.mariasirois.com
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