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The Art of Living

By Carole Stone

San Miguel is privileged to have a talented and accomplished new resident with the arrival of Sylvia Kurian.

“The Art of Living”
By Sylvia Kurian
Begins Wed, Jul 26, 11am-2:30pm
Jewish Cultural and Community Center of San Miguel de Allende
Moras 47 esquina con 5 de Mayo, Col. Allende
100 pesos

Kurian is a Mexican psychotherapist who, until recently, ran her own institute (Instituto de Integration Desarrollo Humano A.C.) in Mexico City. Sylvia states that “by teaching, [having] practical knowledge in behaviorism and sharing personal experiences, we learn from each other and obtain mutual benefits. I realize that it is impossible to go through life without something hurting, annoying, or disappointing. No one is perfect; we learn by mistakes.” Kurian further embraces the philosophy that when we accept life as it presents itself instead of wishing it to be different from what it is, we start growing. It is necessary to understand the lessons that life gives us. It does not matter if the experience is positive or negative; this is the only way we can mature. We must “live by being alive,” attentive to what happens. We must take risks, diving into life to take advantage of the opportunities presented to us to love, to enjoy, or to suffer. We must learn to communicate our ideas and opinions, express our emotions, and know how to put ourselves in each other’s shoes by understanding where they are coming from. We must strive to respect differences, approach similarities, and be open and spontaneous through it all. In other words, be your true self!

Sylvia runs various self-help workshops entitled “The Art of Living.” Her workshops are for both young women and older adults. In her class, she will help you develop abilities to cope with everyday life situations, to adapt to the circumstances that life presents, regardless of the degree or level of difficulty. Through group-dynamics and different questionnaires, you will learn about your own deep-seated attitudes.

You will learn how to “ask” for what you want or what you need and to be able to walk in another’s shoes and not to criticize.

Hopefully, through this course you will draw closer to other people by respecting their differences and embracing their similarities so that we are better human beings–more authentic, spontaneous, and truthful. Sylvia concludes: “This is what I have experienced, what I have learned, this is what I think, what I feel, and … I respect very profoundly what you think, feel, or want.”

Sylvia Kurian studied psychology at UCLA in Los Angeles California, did Post Graduate work in Rational Emotional Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, and was certified in Stress Management, Assertive Training, Behavioral Cognitive Therapies, Decision Making, and Eriksonian Hypnotherapy.

Sylvia Kurian’s class on “The Art of Living” will be held in English on Wednesday mornings, beginning July 26, from 11am–12:30pm. Cost 100 pesos.


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