SPECIAL GUEST DR. CATHERINE HAJNAL Feb. 25

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Sunday, Fe. 25th Talk, 11 a.m.: “What if acknowledging losses and grieving are spiritual practice?”

In Rumi’s poem The Guest House, he invites us to welcome and entertain all visitors that arrive at our door including joy, depression, meanness, and a crowd of sorrow. Joy may be welcome.  But the others?  It can be very hard to turn towards our hurts and acknowledge them, let alone welcome them.  And yet, as Rumi indicates, they will arrive.  A life lived is a life full of beginnings and endings, of needs that have been met and others that have not, of joys and sorrows.  What if we explored meeting our hurts at the door, with curiosity, to ask what guidance they have for us?  This is the work of grieving.  Each loss in our life, whether by death or otherwise, knocks at our door and invites us to make sense, to find meaning in what has happened. In her talk Catherine will explore what constitutes a loss, what it means to acknowledge our losses, and how grieving is a process that can support us and evolve us.

Afternoon Workshop:  1:15 – 4 p.m.

“Working With Our Losses”

As human beings we find ourselves facing loss – whether loss through death or more broadly connected to changes and events that come with living a life.  Turning towards our losses can be can be awkward, emotional, and energetically draining. And yet, it is in working with our losses that we can tap into their transformative potential, their capacity to spark spiritual growth and evolution.  In this workshop we will deepen our understanding of what constitutes a loss, explore what healthy grieving looks like, and provide simple tools for working with your losses.

Dr. Catherine Hajnal was a tenured university business school professor with a doctorate in Human Factors Engineering – outwardly successful, inwardly unhappy.  Physical and emotional pain knocked so loudly she had to open the door.  Catherine quit academia without knowing what would come next.  What she has since discovered is that she was meant to be a teacher.  Ironically she already was one, she just needed to be a different kind of teacher.  And she had to discover some things about herself first including a need to acknowledge her losses and grieve.  Her curriculum is now life and all that entails.  She currently describes herself as a Grief Educator, Speaker, and Consultant.  She facilitates an understanding of loss, supports the process of grieving for individuals and in organizations, and invites stepping into the transformative potential of grief.  www.catherinehajnal.com

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