Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Yoga for Mental Health event, facilitated by Lucille Villaseñor-Caron (MSW, RSW, E-RYT, AWP), from Happiness & Wellness Therapy.
Lucille is a Registered Social Worker Psychotherapist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (CYA-E-RYT 500+), and an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner who is interested in the overall well-being and harmonious interconnectedness of all that exists.
The event was lovely, with a balance between education on yoga for happiness, and the eight limbs of yoga, as well as the immersive experience of relaxation Yoga Nidra exercise. For those who attended, we welcome you to complete the feedback form for the event (your feedback is important to us it helps us to strengthen our offerings).
Lucille has graciously shared with us a 46-minute recording she prepared of a guided Yoga Nidra meditation, available to you. We invite you to take a break for your mental health and wellness, to connect and honour your spiritual being. You deserve it!
If you wish to download this recording yourself, you can also access the recording via Google Drive by clicking here.
About the Project
Understanding Social Work Leadership in Canada (USWLC) is a research study that captures and preserves the oral histories of social workers who have made notable contributions to social work practice and social justice.
The study includes analyzing video recordings of 56 historical oral histories created in 1983/84, together with 50 contemporary oral histories (yet to be recorded), in order to develop a model of leadership for social work in Canada.
The original project includes interviews with 56 social workers from across Canada who practiced from about 1920 to about 1983. These social workers were pioneers in social welfare and social policy in Canada, and established many of the services that we enjoy today. The contemporary oral histories are designed to reflect the leadership experiences of recently retired/retiring social workers with concerns for issues of diversity and inclusion, issues related to identity politics, and anti-oppressive practices.
We want to hear from you! We invite you to respond to the following three-question (1-minute) survey on some proposed upcoming events. Your voice is important to us, and we want to ensure that we plan and host events that capture your interests and meet your needs!
SEASON'S GREETINGS - Greetings CSSSW members. We are pleased to present to you our very first newsletter since the relaunch of the society! Here, you will find the latest news regarding initiatives, meditations, conference dates, a call for proposals, opportunities for volunteer involvement and feedback, information about events we are planning, and more.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, Chinese New Year, or any other religious or spiritual holidays during the winter season, we are wishing you all a very peaceful and joyous season!
Please click in the newsletter image below to read the PDF of the full WINTER newsletter
Find a quiet and private space. Sit quietly for the next few minutes and focus on relaxing your body and quieting your mind. Take time to centre yourself and ground to the space and prepare for a time of meditative reflection. If you feel comfortable you can close your eyes if you haven’t already. Take a few deep breaths, let go of any residual thoughts about yesterday, today or the future, relax your mind, let go of any tension. Allow your awareness to move inward. With each breath feel yourself moving deeper into the silence within. Take several longer and deeper breaths. Notice the space between your breath.
See if you can connect with your inner self, higher self, or a spiritual energy beyond yourself. Feel gratitude towards this energy. Feel anchored in your body and let yourself settle. Feel yourself as an integral part of a living evolving universe. You are connected, you are safe, secure, and protected.
Reflect upon this quieting time of stillness in nature. This is the time of year when things stand still. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. The Sun is standing still in the northern hemisphere. This is a perfect time to go within, to focus on the messages of the soul, to centre oneself and to celebrate the darkness, and to sense its timelessness. There are gifts we can receive in the darkness if we open ourselves to this energy. This is also a good time to hold gratitude.
Take some time to reflect on the past year, and your endeavours, goals, and accomplishments. Hold space for gratitude of things you have already manifested or are in the process of manifesting. Experience the wonderful energy of gratitude and grace for all that you have achieved.
Now prepare to harness the darkness and energy of the winter solstice. You might imagine yourself in an open yet dark space or landscape. Take some time to be in this energy of stillness and to feel its spaciousness. You might even imagine yourself up in the dark sky or in the cosmos. Start to embrace and feel the stillness and the expansiveness of the darkness. Feel the beautiful crispness of it. Celebrate and honour the energy of the solstice, the darkness, the quiet. Be open and receptive to this powerful energy.