this really resonated with me today, especially when I thought of all the impacting experiences we have at the Arts Center...
"In Many of life's most memorable moments, we evolve into someone different from - better than - the person we were before. 'A lot of peak experiences involve a feeling of spiritual transcendence, not necessarily in a religious way, but where you feel transported beyond yourself as a human being,' says Kottler*
Freedom is a common theme among those who have peak experiences. People throw off restraints (often only mental ones) that have kept them from doing things that are in line with their authentic selves. "You stop worrying about impressing others and move towards things that are inherently interesting to you,' says Howell**
Many of William Miller's subjects found that their quantum change ended up altering everything about their lives. 'Their values turned upside down. Things that were high priority before were now low priority.' Subjects typically changed careers and began volunteering but it was much different than, 'I ought to go help the poor', he says. 'Their sense of who they were and what their place was in the universe had fundamentally shifted.' Adds Kottler: 'A peak experience can open up options that people didn't know they had'.
And that's really it right? Opening our eyes wider, creating new neural connections in our brains, improving our lives and the lives of those around us... and don't forget supporting global efforts to help those in need...
So get out there... live artistic... build some community! grow your brain! and of course enjoy this rare October sunshine!
*Jeffrey Kottler, psychology professor at California State U
**Ryan Howell, psychology professor at San Francisco State U
Hey we would LOVE your help to invite friends to the Abbey's 5th Birthday Bash coming up on November 17th! The best link to send them is www.fremontabbey.org/5greatyears so they can easily RSVP and/or buy tickets now for the big party.
November is the big 5 year birthday month, so we'd love to have you jump in and join the overall fundraising campaign we are launching November 1st that will end at midnight on November 20th. http://tinyurl.com/abbeyvolunteer is a good link if you want to volunteer too.
And as always, the Abbey is constantly supporting numerous other nonprofits around the NW and beyond. November's featured nonprofit (at The Round especially) is TEEN FEED. Check them out at www.teenfeed.org and volunteer or donate now!
p.s. You can grab these JPG flyers and send them to friends or post on Facebook! Just right-click/control-click on the image and then "Save as" or copy
Hey world! We're restarting the Abbey's blog. Look here for fun & interesting items that we also probably post on our Facebook page (be sure to Like us and add us as a Friend also).
To get started, here's a link to the Abbey's Facebook page...