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HealthAnne Black, Ph.D. presents “The Grace of Efficient Living” Workshop

E. Dummerston, VT – Perspective is everything and though some people claim that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure, many people feel overwhelmed with balancing the amount of space and time that material possessions hold in our lives. Practiced workshop presenter Anne Black is presenting “The Grace of Efficient Living” in East Dummerston, Vermont on Sunday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This life-changing course is intended to help people manage their material life more efficiently so they have more time to focus on deepening their spiritual practice— whether that is being with children, family and friends—engaging in creative endeavors—volunteering—reading—playing—sitting with a cup of tea—or just dreaming—whatever one’s heart desires.

Dr. Black has presented workshops, trainings and seminars since 1985 and was on the adjunct faculty of Antioch College, The Union Institute and University, and Vermont College. Black holds a B.A. and M.Ed. in Education and a Ph.D. in Thanatology/Community Psychology. In addition, Black has been a Grief Counselor since 1992. It was from her work as Grief Counselor and while working towards her doctorate, that she became more fully aware of the need to focus spiritually in all areas of her life including her most sacred place….her home. Black offers, “The devotional process of being fully present with each area of my life, allowed me to let go of so much. The anxiety and discomfort that was triggered when I opened certain drawers or looked in areas of disarray began lessening as I clarified what was accurate for me to keep and what was not, which allowed me to let it go and which in turn, gave me so much freedom.” Black’s prolific career and background as co-director and co-founder of The Center for Creative Healing and The Heals Program have naturally led her to her current contributions. She also has numerous publications including the co-authorship with Penelope Simpson of the book The Art of Healing Childhood Grief: A School-based Expressive Arts Program.

Black states, “The most important principle to understand about bringing order into one’s life is that efficiency alone is a material quality and does not have any spiritually redeeming benefits unless you include the Presence of Grace with it. Staying awake and aware of our surroundings is not something we do seasonally, like spring house cleaning. Efficient living becomes such a part of our being that we pay attention to every detail in our life—for as long as we are alive. “

The course goal is to devotionally simplify every single space in which we keep material possessions—and to reflect our gratitude for being given every item in our life from safety pins to automobiles.

All are welcome to attend the workshop, which takes place in Anne's home for a whole day of diving into the devotional quality of efficient living where participants will be guided to discover what true personal care is as participants are invited to open their eyes (and hearts) to rigorously assess the accuracy of their possessions. All participants will leave with a concrete action plan to simplify and bring order into twelve specific areas of one’s life.

The fee is $110, which includes lunch, beverages, snacks, teachings and materials. There is a reduced price for reviewers ($70). Please call Penelope Simpson at 802-387-8548 to register or for more information.



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    Anne Black, Ph.D. Presents "The Grace of Efficient Living" Workshop
    Authored by: cgrotke on Thursday, February 07 2008 @ 07:18 PM GMT+4
    Whenever I get rid of something that I've held on to for a long time, it
    seems that I end up needing it for something shortly after it is gone.

    Anne Black, Ph.D. Presents "The Grace of Efficient Living" Workshop
    Authored by: babalu on Thursday, February 07 2008 @ 08:49 PM GMT+4
    The first things I'd regret getting rid of would be the $110 I paid for the workshop in this case - no offense to Anne Black - I'm sure there are a number of people who have a house full of "stuff" and no organizational skills.
    My material things, if they aren't untilitarian, are meaningful to me in other ways and I love the memories of every button and bobble - not to mention the value of being suprised to find, and then reflect upon, my emotional history and attachment to these "things"; these are generally unplanned and "random" happenings, and for that reason, a very welcomed break. the last thing I'd want to do is organize these wonderful surprises in my life. I still think of my first car; a lime green VW bug - and wish I could find it back in the driveway one morning. Why did I get rid of that car!!?
    I, too, have tossed or given away many seemingly insignificant things - like letters from friends or my mother's old hair brush - only to miss them a year later. Yes, the food processor, too!
    For me, being overly organized or "aware" takes away from the beauty of experiences that tend to remind me there are no accidents, and that synchronicity is quite real and has a greater spriritual impact than anything even the best workshop could offer. Chaos IS organized, and I wonder what is truly "random", then.

    If there is no wind, ROW!
    Anne Black, Ph.D. Presents "The Grace of Efficient Living" Workshop
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Thursday, February 07 2008 @ 10:06 PM GMT+4
    Ha, ha. I've got four or five generations worth of whatnot around the "maushold." In fact, from where I'm sitting now I can put my hand on my grandmother's snowshoes, a table that belonged to my great grandfather, and my great-great grandfather's pocket watch (still works!) If disarray caused me any anxiety and discomfort, I would have collapsed in a heap years ago.
    I'm with you Barbara L, I think some things focus a certain sense of sprirituality. Not a worship of material things, but the meaning they hold for us.
    Why would I throw away the things that have surrounded me since childhood? The things that my ancestors worked hard for, took care of, and passed along? Someday, I'll pass the whole collection of junque and treasure, with some additions, on to another generation. So it goes.


    Anne Black, Ph.D. Presents "The Grace of Efficient Living" Workshop
    Authored by: babalu on Thursday, February 07 2008 @ 10:48 PM GMT+4
    Ah, yes - I hear your every word! And I can picture you plopping into a sofa after an exasperating day, perhaps, and then seeing those snowshoes or some other material thing that might bring you some instant calming, reflective memory that will help you settle into what remains of your day.
    Brings meaning to the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" in a sort of reverse fashion. I have a chipped piece of crystal dangling from my dining room fixture, and I'm the only one who can look at it and feel suddenly happy in the midst of a chaotic dinner time.
    I don't know where most of my bobbles are, and I don't want to. I enjoy just coming across them from time to time, when I least expect to - and I always get something from the experience.
    I sometimes wonder, if my junk makes it to the next generation, what will the thoughts of my children or granchildren turn to, when they see that piece of chipped crystal?

    If there is no wind, ROW!