When Anxiety Holds You Back (Saturday, January 30th)

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Mac Eaton Workshop in July 2009

Read about Mac Eaton's workshop in July 2009

Lately it seems uncertainty is everywhere, and for many people that means more anxiety. On the global front, the elections in Sudan are scheduled for April of this year and few of us trust them to be free or fair. In addition, the economy remains shaky, wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East continue, our politicians continue to bicker over health care, and now the earthquake in Haiti… we often get pulled in many different directions all at the same time. Is it any wonder we feel so frenzied?

From time to time we hear people talk about how hard it is for them to feel justified in attending to their own needs when they think about the extreme suffering in Darfur. Perhaps it is human nature to compare, yet when this comparison leads us to feel guilty about taking care of our own needs, it is destructive. It is as if knowing of global horrors is supposed to nullify the hardship we have in our own life. “If others are living in extreme poverty, how can I speak up about my family having trouble in this terrible economy?” Or, “If atrocities are occurring in so many places in the world, what right do I have to tell you about feeling insecure?” Yet, this is a recipe for disaster. The over-givers who inadvertently practice self-neglect are at risk of winding up with less to give others, and hitting burn out sooner.

So, how do we remain caring about others who suffer, and still manage to find room for ourselves? Our pain? Our anxiety? Our daily struggles in life?

In Living Ubuntu, we seek to help people find this balance. As part of this effort, last year we launched a workshop series (in collaboration with Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis) to address such issues. At the end of this month, Mac Eaton PhD, one of the senior members of SCIBA, will be presenting, When Anxiety Holds You Back. Mac offers a wealth of experience and heart as a psychotherapist and we are honored to have him speak to us. As with all our events, if there are any financial concerns, please do get in touch with us. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All details are on the website. We hope you will join us.

Barbara & AnshulOrange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

“The defenses we erect to protect us create the very condition we are trying to avoid. Thus, when someone builds a castle to protect his liberty, he ends up as a prisoner in his own castle because he dares not leave it… No person is free who is tied to a defensive position.”
– Alexander Lowen

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When Anxiety Holds You Back


Mac Eaton, PhD

I Dreamed That Love Would Never Die

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, January 30 2010
9:00a – 12:00p

17100 Gillette
Irvine, CA 92614

Those of us who are anxious often feel compelled to keep what we are afraid of a secret. Join us in this workshop where we explore the nature of anxiety and learn how to overcome this shame.

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

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