How to Be Serene
Calm has a deep and natural appeal. Most of us long to be more patient, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life’s setbacks and irritants. But if calm is an ocean, most of us are still in the shallows.
How to Be Serene teaches us the art of responding with greater serenity to moments of emotional unrest. It proposes:
- Many of the things we become angry about are neither random nor vain.
- The things we worry about are obscure yet critical signals about what may be amiss in our lives.
- We should not try to deny or neuter anxiety or rage, but learn to interpret it more skilfully.
Every failure of calm can be analysed in order to reveal something worth knowing about ourselves. Every worry and frustration, every episode of impatience or burst of irritation has wisdom to yield to us, so long as we take the trouble to interrogate it. This class invites us to look more carefully and slowly at our own agitation, with the aim of clarifying our underlying concerns.
How to Be Serene teaches us a toolkit for how to mine our distress for wisdom, and by so doing, to triumph over moments of exasperation and emotional distress.
Weekday evening classes
6:40pm doors open, for drinks, nibble and introductions
7:00pm class begins
9:30pm class ends
Saturday afternoon classes
2:10pm doors open, for coffee, snacks and introductions
2:30pm class begins
5:30pm class ends