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Lightfulness:

Engaging one’s lighter side in mindful connection with others

A method of training and practice developed by Moshe Cohen over a 20 year journey teaching Theatrical Clown in Zen Centers, and in collaboration with Zen Masters.

Suspending our habitual reliance on rational mind,  handing over the steering wheel to our intuitive mind,  taking oneself not so seriously and inviting our sense of (positive) humor to offer lighter pathways in expression and connection.

a bag floating/lightness exercise from Lisbon workshop.2017

For the Workplace

 Lightfulness Training emphasizes individual capacity, well-being, and team cohesiveness.  Through  eastern movement, physical theater and European clown exercises, participants develop personal tools of awareness & expression and capacities in active listening/external mindfulness.  Lightfulness helps develop an engaged. creative & collaborative culture in teams and working environments. Lightfulness trainings can be offered for Team building  (one-off, multiple, or ongoing sessions) and for Icebreaker sessions for new working groups and environments. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Lightfulness training can be offered as  ongoing wellness sessions.

For Resiliency + Stress Release

For individuals and groups working in health care, social work, education and related fields, Lightfulness Training offers strategies for resiliency, stress release + burn-out prevention.  These trainings weave a cohesive fabric  offering individuals practical methods to develop self awareness, transform reaction into responsiveness, and to design simple rituals for self care.

Public Workshops

Lightfulness Workshops are offered in Zen and Spiritual Learning centers, and sometimes they are offered in colaboration with Zen teachers offering meditation sessions.

“Lightfulness really helped me see a completely different side of my teammates, which is rarely possible in usual work environments….this was very beneficial”

Rohit, Paypal Open-Source team

A wonderfully light-footed day, which I enjoyed a lot! And I take many, small suggestions for everyday professional life to the mindful and humorous dealing with me and clients! Thank you.

Irmgard

We had a very special team day, Through your sympathetic nature and your skills,  humor and lightness has strengthened our team. All of us can take something from the training into our daily work. It feels like a seed has been planted in a different way. Thank you very much!

Sabine

Some of the places where Lightfulness is aloft:

Lightfulness evolved during a year-long team building project with PayPal’s Open Source Team (2015-2016.)  Responding to the request to improve the collaborative energies in the group, and increase the fun quotient, Moshe Cohen adapted exercises from his Clown + Zen workshops to engage the team in mindfulness, humor, and inner and outer connection. Here is a short list of the topics covered during the year.

-Mindfulness practices through sitting meditation,  and movement practices ,qi gong, shintaido, feldenkreis movement, and juggling

-Practices inviting lightness and humor into one’s non-verbal expression ( including voice, just not language)

-Outward mindfulness:  active listening, interactive mindfulness

-Collaborative communication skills  development through comic physical theater exercises and improvisations

-Public speaking and presentation skills development, movement, gesture, physical confidence

-stress release and resiliency practices

-personal practices and rituals to improve the ‘enjoyment’ factor in the workplace

“I loved the definition of ‘levity’ as a lightness. Humor is always a possibility, but not an imperative. So freeing.”

Edith, Technical Writing Team, Dolby Labs

“Taking humor seriously enables people to not take themselves too seriously”

Nocando, Zen Master

“Taking humor seriously enables people to not take themselves too seriously” Nocando, Zen Master

“I loved the definition of ‘levity’ as a lightness. Humor is always a possibility, but not an imperative. So freeing.” Technical Writer, Dolby Labs

Lightfulness evolved during a year-long team building project with PayPal’s Open Source Team (2015-2016.)  Responding to the request to improve the collaborative energies in the group, and increase the fun quotient, Moshe Cohen adapted exercises from his Clown + Zen workshops to engage the team in mindfulness, humor, and inner and outer connection. Here is a short list of the topics covered during the year.

-Mindfulness practices through sitting meditation,  and movement practices ,qi gong, shintaido, feldenkreis movement, and juggling

-Practices inviting lightness and humor into one’s non-verbal expression ( including voice, just not language)

-Outward mindfulness:  active listening, interactive mindfulness

-Collaborative communication skills  development through comic physical theater exercises and improvisations

-Public speaking and presentation skills development, movement, gesture, physical confidence

-stress release and resiliency practices

-personal practices and rituals to improve the ‘enjoyment’ factor in the workplace

“Who could know that this would be such a valuable team building experience? It had more impact than a ropes course or any previous team training I have done”

Programs Director, Humanitarian Non-profit

“I found the exercises you shared really applicable to our work. We sometimes have an idea that we are ‘present’ but in reality just think that we are. I think any practice that aids us in getting into the right hand brain is vital and frankly delicious! So thanks again! ”

Suzie F. Artistic Director. Hearts&Minds

“Moshe has a wonderful energy and really embodies the lightfulness with much humor and sensitivity. It’s a great opportunity, don’t miss it!”

Joao

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