Instructor: Andrea Harrison
This course is available for students who have already worked with Andrea. While students will be able to work on whatever issues in training and life they'd like weekly lectures will cover more mindfulness with particular attention to learning, gratitude, reflection, self-care (and being impeccable), forgiveness and values and applying these things to training routines and show day practices. Like Infinite Possibilities, this class will be up to each student's own design and kept small and limited.
This course is only available at the GOLD level.
There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.
Registration will begin at 9:00 AM PDT.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: 10 gold students. It is a gold only class – there are no bronze or silver students and you must have taken a class with Andrea at any level prior to enrolling.
This course will change each time it runs as students are welcome to bring their own goals and agenda to class. We may spend a great deal of time on each lecture or students may each do entirely their own thing ... no matter - it will be Mindful and Meaningful and a positive experience for all.
Week One - Values will be the topic of the lecture - identifying yours - finding connections to the things that matter to you
Week Two - Learning and learning mindfully will be the focus of the lecture for this week
Week Three - Practicing meaningful reflection - how to do it and why it matters will be the lecture focus - you might like to think of it as enriching your record keeping
Week Four - Checking in on self care and reviewing the notion of being impeccable - EVEN TO YOURSELF is my intention - although knowing my classes/students I am quite sure this will have already come up multiple times for all of us!
Week Five - we'll look a little more deeply at gratitude in our weekly lecture not only ours but the kind that gets directed at us - being graceful yet accepting
Week Six - Let's delve into forgiveness both from a practical and mindful point of view. We've all made mistakes ... and been wronged - how we move forwards is vitally important.
Whatever your concern or your focus is - we can work on it here - Please make sure you meet the prerequisite. Any one of Infinite Possibilities, All in Your Head, No More Excuses, Handle This, Love the One You Are With, or the Joy of Teaching is enough at any level!
Students MUST have taken one of Andrea's classes before. (currently, that would include: Infinite Possibilities, All in Your Head, No More Excuses, Handle This, Love the One You Are With, or the Joy of Teaching )
Welcome to a sample lecture for UPP – aka Unleash Personal Potential
This lecture is an early one – I am still course writing – but currently, have it in the first lecture after the class starts – after a preamble lecture when you sign up
It is a gold only class – there are no bronze or silver students and you must have taken a class with me at any level prior to enrolling.
A Short Treatise on Mindfulness
Mindfulness is comprised of presence. Being conscious of our thoughts, physicality, awareness of surroundings and those around us all combine to increase our awareness of ourselves. Or at least that’s the theory!
Mindfulness is often espoused as a path to peace, calm and serenity. Often the term meditation is used nearly interchangeably with mindfulness but to my way of looking at it meditation is only one component of being mindful – and one that many people struggle with – one can be mindful without embracing, or even engaging in meditation. (though you might decide to test meditation or work on your practice of it – it certainly is NOT required in this class!)
If we go back to the Buddhist roots of mindfulness you will hear reference to the seven steps to enlightenment. Much of the work you can do through this course is rooted in these tenants in some way. The classes you have taken with me delve into many aspects of mindfulness -if you chose to head down that path.
Physicality – this includes the notion that you can ground yourself, breathe for calmness and clarity that your body is connected to your mind and where we must pay some attention.
Mindfulness of Emotions – This can be uncomfortable – this is the chain of consciousness work – where thoughts are followed and explored – through dialogue and reflection what can be discovered?
Mindfulness of Thoughts – this connects to and extends the concept you have worked with before – that thoughts are not you – they are guests in your body.
Mindfulness of Effort – when we work here we look at motivation, goal setting, planning we are including effort as an aspect we must develop.
You will also perhaps recognize other wisdoms in the work we have done. My training and interests are diverse and that is reflected in my approach to education, counseling, and facilitation.
The Four Agreements influenced my thinking, teaching, and counseling long before I read Ruiz’s book.
They resonate with me to this day – and some are very difficult to practice daily! (although interestingly enough different elements are difficult for different people and are hard at different times – when I ask people to participate in public speaking on this – the groups are more often than not quite equally divided on which element is the hardest to put into practice!)
There are positive physical and mental benefits to practicing mindfulness and the four agreements but if you’ve ever seen or heard my self-help rant
You know that I don’t rely on “proper” mindfulness practice as being a panacea for everything or even as a tool for all people. I will not tell you to meditate and all your answers will come to you – I promise!
The reason I appreciate these two concepts is that they give us markers or goal posts to aim for. Some of the many strategies I have in my toolbox to suggest and help you test come from mindfulness and the four agreements so it would be remiss not to review them here.
This course is yours more wholly than even Infinite Possibilities. There is a weekly lecture on each of the following topics that you may choose to completely ignore or you may explore each one values, learn mindfully, reflection, self-care, gratitude, and forgiveness.
The way you use this course is up to you. People have used these self-directed, and very private courses for a wide variety of purposes including:
· tweaking training or competition plans,
· to be held to account for actions,
· to peak performance for major events,
· to goal set,
· to work on relationships with any species
· getting a new job
· deciding what open door to walk through
· processing grief
· exploring change
· investigating aspects of character that make training challenging.
Considering the earlier homework and your goals for this class how much attention do you want to pay to these broad principles? Have you worked with them formally at all? Is there any specific subject mentioned that you would like more information about?
How does this lecture change, build or support the goal you have for this class?
Resources you may find helpful/interesting/informative:
https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/ (meditation as mindfulness)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cui-bono/201012/agreeing-the-four-agreements (an article about the Ruiz book)
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/30-simple-mindfulness-practices-to-help-you-focus-and-be-present/ (ways to embed mindfulness into life routines)
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-beliefs-anxiety-can-actually-cause-anxiety/ (anxiety and mindfulness)
A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...
"Andrea has a great deal of compassion for all of her students, it makes it easy to open up to her and dig down to the hard work."
"Learning how to let go of all the layers of coping mechanisms randomly cobbled together throughout the decades has been difficult. Replacing them with better strategies has been amazing. I couldn't quite make the leap about how to do this in my dog training life. Andrea has helped me get unstuck and I feel a lot more positive about how to move forward."
"Yet another great class from Andrea who continues to be the best thing about FDSA (saying a lot after 30+ total classes and many wonderful instructors). Andrea has this great ability to tailor her feedback to each of her students individually and simultaneously challenge you to improve and comfort you by letting you know you're not alone."
""Unleash Personal Potential" is about the human end of the leash. Andrea created a safe space for her students to be vulnerable and share our feelings, fears and experiences. Her feedback was always empowering and validating, and she helped us find self-care strategies that work for us, reframe our experiences, and relate to the dogs and people in our lives in new ways. An incredibly helpful class to take - it'll not only help your relationship with your dog, but also with yourself." Chrissi S.
"Andrea's classes are very beneficial and promote new ways of understanding ourselves, our relationships with our dogs, and offer strategies that help with planning and managing challenges. Her dedication to her students is obvious. To get the most out of her classes, students need to be prepared for sharing self reflection and being an active participant in defining the journey. Thanks Andrea." Nancy B