Last Week’s Meeting: What is Happiness?

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Last Week’s Meeting: What is Happiness?

According the UC Greater Good Science Center, happiness is the “experience of joy, contentment, positive well-being combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful and worthwhile”.


What determines our happiness?

Genetics 50%

Intentional activity 40%

Life circumstances 10%

(perhaps diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, after all.)


Rick Hanson talks about the “hidden power of everyday positive experiences to change your brain–and therefore your life–for the better.”

Over the next few days, simply notice if you are happy.

Get curious about your normal set point – and how you might be affected by the circumstances in your life right now.

Reflect on times when you have felt happy. Let yourself wonder – what was going on?

photo-19Try out Rick Hanson’s HEAL method for promoting happiness if you would like to experiment more.

The idea is to linger in the awareness of positive experiences in order to strengthen positive neural pathways.

  • Have a positive experience
  • Enrich it – 5-10 seconds or longer- open to feelings – sense in body
  • Absorb it – let it sink in
  • Link positive into your life
Keep a record of trying HEAL during the week if desired.

For further inquiry: take ONE of the prompts below and go through the first three steps:

Have, Enrich, Absorb

  • Notice something pleasant that’s already present in your experience.
  • Find something good in your immediate situation. Cozy chair, cup of coffee, sunshine, beauty of leaves.
  • Think of something you are glad about in your life – as simple as having a hot shower.
  • Bring to mind someone who makes you feel cared for.
Join us next week, when Bev will talk more about “intentional activity” and what that means for our personal happiness.

Register Now!

If you haven’t yet registered, please take a moment to fill out the registration form which you can print from our website, http://www.momsmorningretreat.com, and bring to the next meeting or mail it in along with your tuition check.

We welcome mothers of all generations with children and grandchildren of all ages. Have friends who would love Mom’s Morning Retreat? Invite them to come along–and “like” us on Facebook!

We do have some scholarships available. Please contact Bev or a member of Steering for more information.

Welcome Table

Be sure to sign in at the welcome table when you arrive at the meeting. Pick up helpful information and a Mom’s Morning Retreat bookmark. We are glad you are here!

IMG_4397Popular Fleece Blanket Activity Slated for November 20th. Got Fleece?

We’re stacking up a wonderful stash of thick “Blizzard Weight” fleece as we prepare for our annual blanket making morning, slated for the November 20th meeting.

Do you have extra fleece in your fabric stash?

“Blizzard Weight” comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  The blanket pattern we use requires 1.5 yards of fleece–that’s 2 blankets from 3 yards.

We make these simple, no-sew blankets for children entering into foster care in Kitsap County. Often these children arrive with little or nothing and the blankets provide comfort at a confusing time.

For more information, ask our activities coordinator Sonja Ross at greenflash at cablespeed dot com, or Kendra Field, poohzle at msn dot com who coordinates this project.

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Have a safe and happy Halloween!
See you at our next meeting on November 6th!
Happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.  
– Charlie Brown
 

Discovering Abiding Happiness: This Thursday, October 16th, 9:30 a.m.

photo-13A Note From Bev
Last week we talked about distilling our core values– what matters most in our lives? What expectations can we begin to let go of?

What came up for you as you thought about your personal values?

Join us this Thursday as we look together at a value most all of us would like to incorporate more of: the value of happiness.
We’ll hear what the latest neuroscience research is saying about “hardwiring” happiness. This is not to shut out of the negative, put on a happy face and pretend everything is fine, but rather to allow the full spectrum of human experience to be present, and to grow in using our challenges as opportunities to develop resiliency–the capacity to experience abiding wellbeing in our lives regardless of outer circumstances.
What if we experiment together with increasing our capacity for happiness? Each week, I’ll offer practices that you can choose to do or not, that are aimed at deepening our ability to be present in our lives, to “hardwire” happiness so that we can also “raise” happiness in our children and grandchildren–and send that message of resilience and inner peace into the generations beyond.
Join us!
–Bev
photo-11Register Now!
Bring your checkbook along and take a moment to fill out your registration form at this Thursday’s meeting, or print from our website, http://www.momsmorningretreat.com, and bring or mail.

We welcome mothers of all generations with children and grandchildren of all ages. Have friends who would love Mom’s Morning Retreat? Invite them to come along–and “like” us on Facebook!

We do have some scholarships available. If you are interested in finding out more about that, please contact Bev or a member of Steering.

Welcome Table

When you arrive at Mom’s Morning Retreat, be sure to sign in at the welcome table. Pick up helpful information and a Mom’s Morning Retreat bookmark. We are glad you are here!

Conferences This Thursday; Childcare Reservations Recommended But Not Required

 If you have school-aged children you will be bringing to Mom’s Morning Retreat this Thursday, please email Carrie Defoe at cbdefoe at msn dot com with your “reservation” so we can be sure to have plenty of caregivers on staff for the day. We’d like to have an estimate, but no worries if your plan changes one way or the other.
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Got Fleece?

We’re stockpiling a stash of thick “Blizzard Weight” fleece as we prepare for our annual blanket making morning, slated for the November 20th meeting.

“Blizzard Weight” comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  The blanket pattern we use requires 1.5 yards of fleece–that’s 2 blankets from 3 yards.

Do you have extra fleece in your fabric stash?

We are excited to once again craft these simple, no-sew blankets to be given to children entering into foster care in Kitsap County. Often these children arrive with little or nothing and the blankets provide comfort at a confusing time.

For more information, ask our activities coordinator Sonja Ross at greenflash at cablespeed dot com, or Kendra Field, poohzle at msn dot com who coordinates this project.

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 See you Thursday!

Correction: Minding the Gap–Recap of Last Week’s Meeting

Oops! By email you may have received a prematurely posted draft of this week’s Mom’s Morning Retreat newsletter–here is the correct version! See you next week!
Love the life you live; live the life you love–Bob Marley
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Minding the Gap

Bev opened last week’s meeting by asking us what we love about fall. Our answers ranged from fall leaves to football to sweater weather–and the invitation to settle in for some reflective personal time.

She asked, “What would you love to have more of– to help you love your life?

We talked about what blocks us, from perfectionism, conflict, exhaustion, to health issues, anxiety, and grief. And we wondered together about how we can move from judgement about these conditions toward curiosity and a sense of discovery.

How can we allow our core beliefs to emerge, noticing what drains our energy, and what restores it?

Bev talked about the idea of minding the gap-that place between the platform and the railroad car; that place in our lives where we need to align with our own values in order to claim fulfillment.

How can we live in a way that is in alignment with our values–minding the gap between someone else’s expectations for us and our own authentic values?

Bev sent us home with a few questions to ponder or journal about.

  • What are three-to-five things you love about your life and would like more of in the future?
  • What are the things in your life that drain you or crowd out what is important?
  • Of these, which ones do you want to leave behind? Which ones will you need to accept?images
Registration is Open

To register for Mom’s Morning Retreat, simply print out a registration form, fill it in and bring it with your check to the next meeting on October 16th or mail it to Renee! Mailing information is on the form. Download it here. If you have friends you think would enjoy Mom’s Morning Retreat, let them know Fall registration is open–and Like us on Facebook!

Fall Calendar

Mark our fall meetings on your calendar:

  • October 16th
  • November 6th
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • December 18th

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, Thursday, October 16th at 9:30 a.m. when Bev will be talk more about the idea of abiding wellbeing, and what the research tells us about what is possible in terms of developing our capacity for happiness.

Join us!

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