…what is important is how the body feels — Intro to TRE Sep 26


…[most] are not aware of the lack of aliveness in their bodies. People are so accustomed to thinking of the body as an instrument or a tool of the mind that they accept its relative deadness as a normal state. …what is important is how the body feels
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– Alexander Lowen

Hi everyone,

Next Saturday, September 26, 10a – noon, Living Ubuntu is hosting Intro to TRE – Fundraiser: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees. Many of you are familiar with this method, created by Dr. David Berceli. For those of you that aren’t, I want to encourage you to come give it a try. (See: What is TRE?)

I first learned Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) from Dr. Berceli back in 2004, and it is not an exaggeration to say it dramatically changed my life and the path I was pursuing. The story is too long for email, so if you want to hear it, we need to meet up for coffee ;)

By now I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people, and countless times I have heard how it helped them sleep better. The list of additional benefits is long. For those who continue to practice it over time, stories of significant healing and a way of being able to enjoy living differently in their own skin are plentiful. Recently, I even heard a story about how it helped someone’s tennis game :)

I am very passionate about the wish for us all to have more access to compassion and live more embodied, healthy lives, so I could go on and on. Instead, I am just going to issue the invitation again – come give it a try and see how you feel. Continue reading

Intro to TRE – Fundraiser for Nepal this Sunday, June 14

Compassion is not a quality to be cultivated in isolation, aloof from life. It is easy to be compassionate from a distance, when your heart is undisturbed. When you are surrounded by those who love and care for you, when you have built a world where pain is repressed or ignored, you can easily immerse yourself in thoughts of love and tolerance. Yet that is a fragile world, built on foundations that will always crumble. Compassion speaks of the willingness to engage with tragedy, loss, and pain. Its domain is not only the world of those you love and care for, but equally the people who threaten you, the countless people you don’t know, the homeless person you meet on the street, and the situations of anger and hatred you recoil from. It is here that you learn about the depths of tolerance and understanding that are possible for each one of us. It is here that you learn about dignity, meaning, and greatness of heart.
– Christina Feldman

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the short notice. We have accepted the international invitation to participate in “Global TRE Shake… to Ground Nepal”.

This coming Sunday, June 14, 4p-6p, in Newport Beach, we are offering Intro to TRE – Fundraiser for Nepal. This event has a minimum suggested donation of $20.00. ALL proceeds will directly benefit TRE For All in collaboration with TRE-Humanitarian Support Asia (TRE-HSA) as they seek to: Create and Install a Sustainable TRE® Relief Program in Nepal for Long Term Earthquake Recovery.

Can’t attend, but want to contribute? DONATE HERE.

Still not sure what TRE is? Check out the videos below.

Want to join us on Sunday? RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org.

(And bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, the room is not carpeted.)

See bottom of this email for additional upcoming events. Continue reading

The benefits of attending Toward a More Peaceful World | Register by Fri Dec 19 to get the early discount.

Dr. David Berceli teaching TRE in China.

Dr. David Berceli teaching TRE in China.

This era of human history is witnessing tremendous trauma on a global scale. It seems impossible to try and stop such tragedy despite our greatest desires to do so. In light of this unstoppable, irreversible and seemingly self-destructive era of our humanity, we need to ask: What possible good can come of all this violence? Once again, if we view trauma as a part of life, we must consider the possibility that the large scale trauma that we are experiencing has the potential of helping us evolve into a more ethical, moral and caring species. This global trauma can be viewed as the pain of the human species going through the birthing canal to be born into a new era of human consciousness.
 – David Berceli

Hi everyone,

I know asking you to think about January right now might be a bit much – yet – the early registration deadline for Toward a More Peaceful World is this coming Friday, December 19 and I don’t want you to miss out on it.

If you are on the fence about attending, here are some really good benefits to consider:

•    Participating in Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) has really good odds of making you feel better – e.g. better sleep, more relaxed muscles, calm-alert mind, etc. You get to learn it from the one who created it — a rare opportunity in and of itself — and then, after the two-day workshop, you get to go home and continue its benefits by practicing at home on your own because it really is that easy to learn.

•    Learning more about stress, trauma and the obstacles to conflict resolution from Dr. David Berceli is apt to change the way you see the world (personal, local and global) – cycles we seem stuck in will make more sense — and recognizing what needs to change is likely to make you feel more optimistic.

•    Celebrating Living Ubuntu’s 10th Birthday in the evening will include lots of fun!

•    The whole weekend benefits Living Ubuntu’s project, Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. Continue reading

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Global Certification Module I Training in San Diego

Trauma induced behavior cannot be rectified with the use of traditional crisis intervention techniques that depend on logical processing because trauma behavior is an illogical, instinctual response not under the control of the rational brain. – Dr. David Berceli

LIVING UBUNTU & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR BIOENERGETIC ANALYSIS

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Global Certification Module I Training in San Diego (2015)

This workshop is open to the public.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:30a – 5:00p each day

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 7445 Mission Valley Rd. San Diego, CA 92108

Registration (ends April 24, 2015): $450.00

Space is limited, register early!

TRE Global Certification Module II in San Diego October 9 – 11, 2015

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What’s a mere human to do? (Intro to TRE May 17)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
– Hermann Hesse

Hi everyone,

April was amazing! Thanks again to everyone that came out to attend the “Remembering the Past Toward Healing our Future” events. Genocide is an incredibly horrific topic to deal with, and can rapidly take a toll on anyone trying to learn more about it, let alone the enormous (beyond description) toll it takes on those who have lived through it, or were born into a family that did. In line with the title, the question begs to be asked, what can we do to better address the need for healing in this world, in our own lives, and the lives of others? What can be done ‘toward healing our future’?

As we look around our world there is much that is in urgent need of sustained attention, committed engagement, and well-thought-through, wise action. We see alarming reports on global warming, numerous international conflicts, countless natural disasters, and an array of important additional long-neglected domestic issues.

Yet most people in our society are just trying to survive the overwhelm that comes from seeking to keep up on the many varied demands of everyday living.

With so much required of us, in so many different ways, what’s a mere human to do?
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April 29 Chapman & April 30 Closing Reception – the last two April GAPM events

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Hi everyone,

This coming week brings the final two events of the April 2014 GAPM film series, Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7p, please join us at Chapman University for An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance that includes a screening of the film, “Numbered”. The program also includes a Musical Tribute, Lighting of Candles and a talk given by the filmmaker, Uriel Sinai. Just like all of our other events this month, we will be asking you to contribute your heart felt thoughts on one of the cards that features a photograph and story of a genocide survivor or victim. Messages from all events become part of the mobile exhibit “Everyone Has a Name” on display the following evening at the Closing Reception.

Details of the Wednesday April 30 7p Closing Reception are as follows. We wanted to offer a time to get together and connect after six very powerful events. Integration of experiences is an important part of any journey. Please join us in the University Synagogue Social Hall as we gather for reflective conversation, and begin to think about how we can collaboratively move forward, addressing the question: what’s next?

If you plan to attend on April 29 or April 30, R.S.V.P. now ». Continue reading

Early registration for Tarra Stariell’s workshop ends this Saturday, Feb 19th

Hi everyone,

If we are going to offer a workshop that seeks to address the way we often lose ourselves in the midst of all the long lists of tasks and obligations (No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me?), we thought the least we could do was send you a friendly reminder that the early discounted registration for Tarra’s workshop on busyness and overwhelm will end this coming Saturday, February 19.

For those of you prone to procrastinating, it ends tomorrow – Friday, February 18.  If we say “Friday”, that will give you one additional day to be late and still make it in before the Saturday deadline.  Just trying to be helpful :)

No time to think, No time to breathe... Is this me (Saturday, Feb 22 2011)

Workshop by Tarra Stariell on busyness and overwhelm is next Saturday, Feb 12th in Costa Mesa, CA.

All kidding aside, we hope you will take advantage of the early registration discount.  If there are any financial concerns, please do get in touch with us. This workshop series is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All details are on the website.

In solidarity,

:) Barbara & Anshul
Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org

PS:  It took us a while, but we finally have a location for the workshop.  It is going to be held at the National University Campus in Costa Mesa.  The address is on the website.


::: UPCOMING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY & BEYOND :::

Sunday February 20,  Living Ubuntu Winter Body Group: Relating to Global Issues
2:30-5:00p.  Newport Beach, CA
Meeting every other Sunday afternoon to ground, stretch, breathe and learn how to maintain our own wellbeing in the face of global issues that upset us.  For more information, visit http://livingubuntu.org/events.

Tuesday February 22,  An Evening with Myra Dahgaypaw about Burma
6:30p.  Irvine, CA
Myra Dahgaypaw currently is a Campaign Coordination for US Campaign for Burma and a 2010 Genocide Intervention Network Carl Wilkens Fellow.  This is a casual dinner get-together in Irvine.  If you’d like to attend, please contact Barbara English at info@livingubuntu.org or (949) 891-2005.

Saturday February 26,  No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me?
9:30a-1:00p.  Costa Mesa, CA.
Why is it so hard to keep up?  Where is the time for me? Why do I feel so lost in my own life?  Join us for a workshop about our overwhelmed lives and how to find our way back to a healthy balance.  Presented by Tarra Stariell.  Visit http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information or call (949) 891-2005.

Tuesday March 1,  Orange County for Darfur Planning Meeting
6:30p-8:00p.  Newport Beach, CA.
Darfur, a region in Sudan has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over seven years now.  At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2.5 million innocent civilians have been displaced.  This is our campaign to raise awareness and help end the genocide in Darfur.  For more information, visit ocfordarfur.org or call (949) 891-2005.

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Are we too busy to be compassionate?

Hi everyone,

I recall a study on altruism that I read awhile ago.  It involved a bunch of seminary students.  They were divided into two groups and both were given instructions to go to another location.  One group was told they were late and needed to rush, the other group was not told that.  A person in distress was planted in their path as part of the experiment.  Can you guess which group was more apt to help the person in need? It wasn’t those who thought they were running late… (see “The Good Samaritan Study”).

I am concerned about many of the recent trends in our society, especially, the short and long term consequences of the gadget-ridden, multi-tasking, over-scheduled pace that has become the new norm.  We are all in a hurry, all of the time, and it is accepted like that is just the way it is.

What price do we pay in lost ability to respond compassionately when someone is genuinely in need of help? And what are we losing in self-awareness, close relationships, and the ability to think novel, creative thoughts?

The psychotherapist in me suspects there are deeper issues going on.  In our quest to evade the distress within, we stay distracted.  Yet the cumulative stress of chronic busy-ness in and of itself can create the same states in our bodies as actual traumatic experiences, thereby increasing distress.  It is a no-win cycle.

Our good friend Tarra Stariell will be in Orange County on Saturday, February 26 to present No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me? Tarra is a psychotherapist in private practise with over 16 years of experience.  She specializes in working with trauma, auto-immune and dissociative disorders and we are delighted to have her present on this timely topic.  This workshop is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please see our website for all details.

Warmly,

Barbara English
Living Ubuntu
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PS:  I hope to see you tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 12th) evening at the screening of On Our Watch, a powerful documentary about the ongoing genocide in Darfur.

PPS:  The irony of marketing two events in one post is not lost on me. :)

No time to think, No time to breathe…
Is this me?
by
Tarra Stariell

 No time to think, No time to breathe... Is this me?

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, February 26 2011
9:30a – 1:00p

Orange County, CA

Why is it so hard to keep up?  Where is the time for me?  Why do I feel so lost in my own life?

Join us for a workshop about our overwhelmed lives and how to find our way back to a healthy balance.
This is a not-for-profit event.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Advance registration is required. Please visit http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information.

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No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me?

“There is more to life than simply increasing it’s speed.”
– Gandhi

Hi everyone,

Let’s try something…  Take a deep breath.  How does it feel?  Do you feel your belly move?  Or was the movement higher, up in your chest and shoulders? Does it feel tight, effort-ful and constricted?  Or open, easy and rhythmic?

Most of us in our society tend to have pretty shallow breathing.  Unlike the free, open breath of a newborn baby, most people do the bare-minimum breathing.  Yes, it’s enough to keep us going, but how many of us can say that we feel “full of life”?  Shallow breathing blocks access to deep feelings.  We spend our days just trying to keep up with the million things-to-do, there is little time left to slow down, breathe and reflect.  And for many of us, after so much time spent “on the go”, when we do stop and try to take a deep, calming breath, we can’t even do it. Is it any wonder that sometimes life feel like a blur?

We’ve been noticing this hectic pace in our own lives as well.  Simply arranging a dinner or trying to have a phone call requires so much back-and-forth effort.  Why is everyone so busy?  What is underneath all this frenzied-ness?  At a pure body level, this is what chronic stress looks like. No wonder there are so many blank eyes, tight shoulders, and painful lower backs.  All this focus on “doing”, keeps us out of our feelings and our bodies pay the price. We have forgotten how to let down, even when we want to.

We wanted to tackle this issue of chronic busyness and overwhelm head on.  On Saturday, February 26th, our good friend Tarra Stariell will present No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me? Tarra is a therapist in private practice with over 16 years of experience and specializes in working with trauma and dissociative disorders.  We are really glad she is willing to offer her help with this ultra-common struggle here in Orange County.  All details are on the website.

We hope you will join us.

Barbara & Anshul
Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
| blog | facebook

No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me?
by
Tarra Stariell

 No time to think, No time to breathe... Is this me?

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, February 26 2011
9:30a – 1:00p

Orange County, CA

Why is it so hard to keep up?  Where is the time for me?  Why do I feel so lost in my own life?

Join us for a workshop about our overwhelmed lives and how to find our way back to a healthy balance.
This is a not-for-profit event.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Advance registration is required. Please visit http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information.

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What does it mean to have “real security”?

Hi everyone,

Watch Eve Ensler (of Vagina Monologues) speaks at TED

Watch Eve Ensler (of Vagina Monologues) speaks at TED

Just last week, the Obama administration approved the largest-ever weapons sale to Saudi Arabia: $60 billion in F-15s, missiles, night vision goggles, and Apache and Blackhawk helicopters. The sale apparently is to help Saudi air force’s ability to “defend against regional threats” (Iran??).

“We want to make sure that they have the tools that they need to be able to defend themselves,” he [Andrew Shapiro, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs] said of Saudi Arabia, a key regional ally . . .

U.S. officials say the Israelis are increasingly comfortable with the sale because the planes will not have certain long-range weapons systems.  Also, the Israelis are in line to buy a more advanced fighter, the F-35, which could start arriving in Israel in 2015, the same year the Saudis would start to get the F-15s.

I can’t help but shudder in despair as I read such news.  This is yet another example of our misguided foreign policy which is driven by the belief that our “national security” is best served when we arm all sides of an already well-armed, unstable region of the world.  We keep investing in more and more sophisticated technology and weapons thinking that they will serve as a deterrent to our enemies and keep us safe.  Did nuclear weapons make the world a safer place?  Defenses have their place, but we need to stop and think about why we need the defense in the first place. Progress is not simply creating ever more sophisticated defense mechanisms.  We need to take the time to take a breath and reflect on the true purpose behind the defense.  Does it serve us by keeping us safe or does it imprison us?  Why do we have so many enemies in the first place?  How is our behaviour contributing to their anger and fury?  Is our approach sowing the seeds for lasting peace in the Middle East (and the world)?

Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price (Saturday, Oct 30 2010)

Workshop by Barbara English on peace and security is this Saturday, October 30th. Click to find out more.

This is partly what we’ll be exploring this Saturday, October 30th at Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price. Whether at a personal level or a societal level, we need to recognize that true security lies in honest, healthy relationships with each other and that peace is something we find when we can grieve our deepest losses and genuinely rise above our defenses.  Unless we do that, we can only expect to continue on the same path and find more chaos and violence.

I sincerely hope you will join us. Our goal with this workshop series is to remove any and all barriers for attendance.  If there is any financial hardship, please do contact us. This is a not-for-profit event and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All details are on the website.

Thank you,

Anshul Mittal
Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org | blog
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