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 our challenges. It teaches us a toolkit for how to mine our distress for wisdom and reframe our responses, and by so doing, to triumph over free-floating or intense anxiety.
We will explore ideas such as:
- Many of the things we fret 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 to try to deny or neuter anxiety, but learn to interpret it more skilfully.
- Different ways of thinking can help us to reframe and manage times of anger and stress.
- We should decode the valuable shards of information that our moments of panic are attempting to transmit to us.
This class invites us to look more carefully and slowly at our own agitation, with the aim of clarifying our underlying concerns and providing options for how we might respond differently.
6.00pm Drinks & welcome
6.15pm Class begins
7.45pm Break (times vary)
9.00pm Class finishes
‘Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom’.
– Soren Kierkegaard
How to Be Serene is one of the twelve classes that comprise our core curriculum. Our classes tackle the core themes of emotional life, from relationships and the workplace, to understanding the self and exploring our relationship with culture. You can explore the full curriculum here.
The School of Life Curriculum has been written, designed and quality assured by The School of Life HQ in London, led by Alain de Botton. Presented as an EQ learning journey, these 12 classes and 4 full-day workshops bring together over 10 years of teaching and continuous improvement of our emotional intelligence curriculum around the world.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply and have courageous conversations about the issues that matter most, and you’ll be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone in a safe space with other curious, open-minded individuals.
To find out more about what to expect when you come to a class or workshop at The School of Life, take a look inside our London classroom.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.