You are That, and More: Detaching from our Identities
Jan 17th from 7-9pm
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It is customary in our society to introduce ourselves, and get to know others by, our identities, or “skins.” These earthly skins—roles, jobs, relationship statuses, coffee preferences, and quirky personality characteristics—were always meant to be worn as a snake wears its skin: without attachment, desire or repulsion.
But too often these labels, despite whether we view them positively or negatively, become fused with our essence until we no longer see ourselves apart or distinct from them. Now, rather than performing their primary role of helping us understand ourselves better, they limit and slow our movement and expression in the world. Like a snake’s stretched skin, labels which once helped us grow now keep us boxed in and held down.
We all so much more than our Myers Briggs or Enneagram result. So much more than the “Game of Thrones” character or “Harry Potter” house we match. We are complex, multi-faceted, changeable and mercurial human beings, imbibed with mysterious nature of the soul. Only when we remember this can we truly play the game of life—and choose to wear the identities of this world—with joy and freedom.
Join us for an insightful talk about the possibilities that are available once we see the world’s labels as nothing more than the skins they are.
On the surface, Keri Mangis might seem a gentle yet candid introvert. But peel back a layer and you’ll uncover an inquisitive explorer of the internal and external realms. Peel back yet another layer and you might see a brave visionary pioneering her own brand of spiritual revolution. She has studied and/or taught yoga, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, energy work, aromatherapy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Tantra, Christianity, and other spiritual teachings and healing modalities that have sparked her endless curiosity. She is currently a freelance writer/speaker whose work has appeared in Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, The Sunlight Press, Grown and Flown, Rebelle Society, Literary Mama and more, and is working to self-publish her first book, a memoir entitled Embodying Soul: Choosing to Live with Courage, Creativity and Endless Curiosity, in the fall/winter of 2019.