Speaker: Sarah Peyton

Dissolving Contracts that Block Joy: A Special 2.5-Hour Interactive Workshop for the New Year

Note special duration time of 2.5 hours

Watch Sarah’s prior Awakin Call: Audio Recording (or read Call Transcript)

“Commitment and contribution are very important and life-serving when they do not cost us everything. … We need everyone’s joy in order to be able to transform our world into a relational place, where we notice and act swiftly, both personally and systemically, to right wrongs, to change systems, and to save and restore our beautiful planet and ecosystems.” – Sarah Peyton

Please join past Awakin Call guest Sarah Peyton for a special 2.5-hour New Year’s session and interactive workshop on releasing the contracts that block us from experiencing joy in our lives. “We use unconscious contracts to help us function in a world where we have not really been accompanied, and to make up for our brains not getting to grow the way that they were supposed to,” Sarah says.

In this workshop, we will work to dissolve these contracts and celebrate the resonance skills that support the feeling and expression of joy. We will also look at what Sarah terms “false” Bodhisattva vows, and how to distinguish such false vows involving unhealthy self-sacrifice from those of joyful service.

A long-time senior trainer of non-violent communication, Sarah’s work explores tools of relational neuroscience that help one turn inward with kindness, warmth, and curiosity and create opportunities for self-healing. In this workshop, Sarah will take us into the world of relational neuroscience, exploring how our brains, nervous systems, and bodies react to ourselves and others. Sarah’s workshop focuses on the question, “Have we made an unconscious contract with ourselves, such as a False Bodhisattva Vow, that sabotages our ability for healthy self-care?” 

Sarah will show us how we can use resonant-language practice, meditations, and journaling as healing strategies to uncover and rewrite these contracts:

  • How trauma can cause us to loyally be carrying out unconscious sacred vows that we undertook at a younger age to protect ourselves or others;
  • How we sometimes carry out these vows without regard to the cost to ourselves and others;
  • How we can check to see if we are ready to release the vow and, if so, how to do so.

For most of her own life, Sarah struggled with brutal depression … deadening, heavy sadness that made it hard to muster the energy to take a shower or even brush her teeth. She came to this work because she needed to heal. Sarah has now published three books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing (2017), Your Resonant Self Workbook; From Self-sabotage to Self-care (2021), and Affirmations for Turbulent Times (2021).  She teaches and speaks internationally about the ways that relationship and language transform the brain, and how they prevent and heal trauma. By applying complex neuroscience concepts to real life – with stories, role plays of research, meditations, and engaging dialogues – participants leave Sarah’s presentations with more wisdom and self-compassion, often making sense to themselves for the first time.

In these challenging and polarized times, please join this gifted 2.5-hour workshop for our Awakin Calls Community, in order to work with Sarah to deepen joy and sense of joyful service!


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