Community Drop In Group 4/1/20
Today we are looking at the quality of curiosity as inspired by the Unwinding Anxiety app. This is a beautiful app for very practical mindfulness based skills for working with anxiety that can make a big difference.
One of the first steps named on the app is learning to catch when we are getting hooked by our anxiety—and therefore doing all of those things that in the long run are just compounding the situation, driving us deeper into an anxiety vortex—and instead, finding that beautiful witnessing possibility that allows us to step back, unhook, begin to patiently learn a different freer possibility.
A key to this new step is curiosity. Judson Brewer, the lead author of the app, says it this way:
Inviting curiosity allows us to hack into our brain’s natural reward system in a way that actually feels good.
I love this observation—curiosity feels intrinsically good. Think about this for yourself. An example he uses is tasting something that is really good and being curious about the flavors, ingredients that are making it be so good. We can notice how that curiosity engages us more directly with the enjoyment of the food. It brings an enlivening quality to the experience.
The Beautiful Lives Project, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, hosted an event with our dedicated partner, the Texas Legends basketball team to close summer out with a splash for the Hipsters of My Possibilities.
My Possibilities began as the vision of three mothers looking for a better future for their children and has turned into the first-of-its-kind continuing education program for adults with cognitive disabilities in Collin County. In January 2018, they merged with LaunchAbility, one of the only programs in North Texas that focuses on inclusive employment for all adults, including specialized expertise with cognitive disabilities such as Autism. This organizational integration allows My Possibilities to serve more efficiently and effectively, creating a broader continuum of services ranging from education and independent living skills to employment.
My Possibilities is currently constructing their new campus and independent living community. The campus serves as an educational environment, modeled after a college campus, designed specifically for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Presently, My Possibilities serves more than 400 HIPsters a week. With the completion of phase one, buildings one and two of the new campus, My Possibilities will serve more than 700 HIPsters. Click HERE to learn more about My Possibilities’ new campus.
Have you ever watched the news or looked at your news feed and wondered where all the good news went? Well, we've found it!
Beautiful Lives Project Co-Founder, Bryce Weiler, was featured in the Washington Post this past week. He shared his story and our organization's mission with reporter Alex Andrejev HERE. We couldn't be more excited to be featured in this iconic publication and spread our calling with its vast audience.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
1 College Street, Worcester, MA, 01610
This event is in Worcester, MA. People with disabilities will have the opportunity to join the players from the College of the Holy Cross on the field to bat, play catch, run bases, and share their love of baseball with the team.
This event is open to all ages and abilities - no prior baseball experience is needed, just a desire to play.