|Summer Program 2014
This summer features three programs that are available online. If you haven’t participated in an online class before, it has some strong advantages over in-person presentations, notably that nobody has to travel anywhere. Additionally they are easy to record and save and refer to in the future. Registration is on Eventbrite, payment is linked to PayPal, and the class itself is conducted from GoTo Meeting. All information you need will contain a link from Eventbrite or be e-mailed to you before the class. It’s easy!
Dialogue of Self and Soul
Online Presentation by
Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 PM EDT
This program examines notions of identity, life purpose, and transcendence as they show themselves in modern literature and as they manifest ambivalently in our own lives. We will approach this mostly through the late work of William Butler Yeats and his poem “Dialogue of Self and Soul”. Yeats provides us with contrasting themes that provide tremendous open space for our understanding of who we are. We then look at psychological development and structure of “self” and at “soul” as a lifetime achievement. How do we actualize and strengthen “self” and “soul” to live the best life we can?
(After July 16 contact me for an audio/video recording of this presentation)
Online presentation by Joseph Crane
August 13, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM EDT
Let's participate in a discussion that's thousands of years old -- what is human excellence, what are its qualities and how can these qualities be developed? Do they differ for different people? We will critically examine different depictions of "virtues" or "character strengths" from tradional and modern psychology and see how they apply to enriching our lives.
This presentation and discussion follows up on the previous talk "Dialogue of Self and Soul" and shows how both self and soul can be fulfilled for us.
The Reflective Life
Online Presentation by Joseph Crane
Having lost so many of the natural rhythms of life to the modern lifestyle, we are too left with an alternation between frenzied activity and mental and physical fatigue and collapse. In this talk, psychotherapist and philosopher Joseph Crane uses the image of reflection to illustrate proper balance between activity and rest, outer involvement and inner development. We will use historical, biographical, and modern psychology to move beyond the false contrasts of extravert and introvert, between activity and contemplation, to help us strengthen our native outer and inner resources in order to live more fulfilled lives.
(Originally presented in June 2014; contact me for information about receiving the audio/video recording.)