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Catalogue 2019-2020 
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CLCS 284 - Reclaiming the Sacred

Semester Offered: Spring
0.5 unit(s)
In this highly experiential 6-week course we start by surveying the central findings of positive psychology to understand the core factors related to human well-being. Based on that, students design “personal journeys” of activities they want to engage in outside of class to nurture greater joy and purpose in their lives. Drawing on the work of many people, including Robert Holden, Audre Lorde, Kristin Neff, Sobonfu Somé, Tara Brach, bell hooks, Joanna Macy, Brené Brown, Thich Nhat Hanh, and more, each week there are in-class activities and outside-of-class assignments that contribute to greater happiness and/or meaning, including weekly meditations and gratitude circles. Key themes are gratitude and presence, self-compassion and vulnerability, and healthy relationships with emotions and adversity. We also explore our relationships with money and the psychological and cultural reasons money and consumption play such important roles in many of our lives despite their limited and frequently contradictory relationship with happiness. Candice Lowe Swif.

Second six-week course.

One 3-hour period.

Course Format: CLS

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