Continuing Education

An Early Summer Reading List for the Lifelong Learner

Each quarter Continuing Education offers courses proven as tried and true favorites in addition to several bold new offerings—all designed to expand personal and community perspectives while celebrating a love of learning. You Imagemay not realize it right off, but when you take a course with Continuing Education you enter into a tremendous immersive opportunity. What better way to satisfy that urge to dive deep into a subject than to do a little recreational reading?

Below you’ll find a reading list relating to a handful of new CE summer courses. Hopefully these titles will both enhance and inspire your summer reading and learning enjoyment.

Learning in Action – An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

FM Alexander was a professional actor who suffered from chronic laryngitis during numerous performances. He ultimately determined his bad posture habits were the cause. Focusing on unneeded muscular and mental tension, Alexander developed a process of body awareness that can be practiced during the user’s daily professional or recreational activities. Taught and developed since the late 1950s, there are numerous books on the Alexander Technique. This book on the Alexander Technique is designed to be of benefit to all, but put particular emphasis on the concerns of actors and dancers.

The Alexander Technique by Judith Leibowitz

Awakening the Soul - Seated Qigong and Meditation

Awakening the Soul is a form of Sheng Zhen Gong, the Qigong of Unconditional Love. This summer instructor Rebecca Clio Gould offers a seated form of Qigong. Like other commonly practiced forms of Qigong, this seated, Imagemeditative movement form opens the heart to connect your own life force with the qi, or energy, of the whole universe. The movements are accompanied by inspirational, poetic contemplations to help you feel more optimistic and at peace.

Though not reflective of the precise form taught in the class, this book as a helpful entry to exploring Qigong.

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Ken Cohen

 Nature Writing

We daily comment on nature—the weather, the trees, flowers and scenery, but how do we get down to the particulars of expressing what we experience in nature through our writing? We start by exploring and deepening our relationship to the natural world with our words. Here are three titles conceived to ignite your nature writing inspiration.  

The Alphabet Of The Trees: A Guide To Nature Writing by Christian McEwen, editor 

The Oxford Book of Nature Writing, Richard Mabey, editor

The Soul Unearthed: Celebrating Wilderness and Personal Renewal Through Nature, Cass Adams, editor

Mindfulness Mediation for Busy Working People

Mindfulness is mental state we reach by focusing our awareness on the present moment by acknowledging and accepting the connection between our feelings, thoughts and sensations. As a meditative practice, it can be incorporated into everyday life and tailored to one’s daily needs. Mindfulness Mediation for Busy Working People is a self-care practice drawn from the Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. It offers a streamlined Imageapproach for people in high-stress jobs such as nurses, doctors, working parents and teachers or for anyone who needs freedom from anxiety and worry. Below is the book that introduced the Mindfulness process and how it can be applied in everyday life.

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment―and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD

Here’s hoping these books not only inspire, but enhance your learning and reading experience this summer.

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