March 13th and 14th with Elizabeth Berner
Back in October, I received an invitation from a Roots’ student to attend the documentary release of ‘The Connection’ where I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Herbert Benson speak. Dr. Benson is a pioneer in Mind Body Medicine, and one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine. Dr. Benson is the Director of the Benson-Henry Institute, and Mind Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
He leads his field with research into the power of Mind Body Medicine to counteract the harmful effects of stress. His expertise is sought by national and international news media, and he appears in scores of newspapers, magazines, and television programs each year. Dr. Benson’s research extends from the laboratory to the clinic.
You may have heard me speak in class of the impact this film has had on me. It supports and helps explain the numerous accounts of healing and near miracles I have seen with some of our students.
I am excited to announce that we are bringing a two part offering to Roots based on this groundbreaking film!
There’s a 1 in 2 chance you’ll end up with a chronic illness. It’s likely you know someone, or you are someone who is sick.
‘The Connection’ is a feature documentary revealing the ground breaking research by world leading experts in mind body medicine and true stories of recovery. Frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health.
The film features scientists, researchers, writers and doctors, as well as remarkable true stories of people adding mind body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis. While the science is complex, the solutions for people suffering with illness are astonishingly simple.
The film shows that we can counter the harmful affects of stress with an equally powerful relaxation response triggered through specific techniques such as meditation. It shows that emotions can impact the course of an illness for better or for worse and could even be the difference between life and death. The film explains the mechanisms behind belief, which scientists now know contributes 30 to 50 percent of the effect of any known biological cure and explores how scientists at the cutting edge are now learning that the mind can even influence the expression of genes and the rate at which we age.
Please join us for our very first movie night followed by a powerful workshop withElizabeth Berner, yoga instructor and graduate of Harvard Medical Schools Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine and Positive Psychology who has worked for years along side Dr. Benson.
Elizabeth will be leading us through a two hour workshop discussing the mind-body connection and explain ways in which stress manifests; physically, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. Elizabeth will teach us various mind body techniques to help us illicit relaxation and increase resiliency to help us deal with and cope with the stress in our lives.
Cut and past this link to your browser to watch the trailer now…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oke17WPcCLM
I hope to see many of you for this special two part offering at Roots!