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Moving from habitual reaction to freedom of choice
To live according to a moral compass, we need the capacity to make choices for action according to our core values. Aligning our decisions and actions with our morals and values is what it means to choose wisely, according to our inner wisdom about what is right.
However, given the stress of urgent deadlines and the pressure to succeed, we often revert to automatic responses based more on anxiety and ego-needs than our good judgment. Our habits take over, enabling us to react quickly and decisively but not most genuinely. And we short-circuit our creativity. Our customary viewpoint blinds us to alternatives, trapping us in the ‘same old, same old’ way of managing.
How can we change this habitual reaction to generate more freedom of choice? By developing a sense of presence that stills and centers us long enough to see clearly what is, and what could be, without the interference of pushy habits.
In this workshop series, we will explain how this process works and provide concrete exercises for your practice of developing presence. In three in-person sessions and one conference call, we will engage the following aspects of choosing wisely:
• learning how habits are formed and how they impact us with such persistence
• identifying the particular habits that may be limiting your own performance and authenticity
• learning how to develop presence through centering and self-observation
• practicing body-based centering skills to ground your sense of presence
• practicing self-observation skills so that you can “catch yourself in the act” of habits
• identifying the values you would prefer to drive your decisions and actions
• clarifying intentions to help you practice freedom of choice more consistently
In the end, you will be well on your way to developing freedom of choice through presence.
"Presence reveals a larger context. Sometimes our perspective shifts suddenly, and we clearly see a larger truth that somehow had eluded us. ...Presence unveils new possibilities for action. Through the direct view of a more inclusive context, we see things clearly and expansively. ...Presence lays bare our freedom of choice." Doug Silsbee
This workshop series will be presented by Katharine Baker and Tracy Puett, and hosted by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN.
The cost for the leadership series is $200.00 and payment can be made by credit card. Click here to register.
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Friday, October 11 Leadership Development Breakfast, 7:30-9:00 AM, Reading Room, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Breakfast is included
- learning how habits are formed and how they impact us with such persistence
- identifying the particular habits that may be limiting your own performance and authenticity
Monday, October 14 Workshop Session 1, 6:00-8:00 PM, Reading Room, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Light dinner is included
- learning how to develop presence through centering and self-observation
- practicing body-based centering skills to ground your sense of presence
- practicing self-observation skills so that you can “catch yourself in the act” of habits
Monday October 28 Interactive Conference Call, time to be determined with participant input
- check-in with participants on use of body-based centering practices and self-observation exercises
- provision of two more exercises (one per each of the 2 weeks before workshop session 2)
Monday November 11 Workshop Session 2, 6:00-8:00 PM, Reading Room, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Light dinner is included
- identifying the values you would prefer to drive your decisions and actions
- clarifying intentions to help you practice freedom of choice more consistently