The Art of Human Being

What is the Art of Human Being?   The Art of Human Being is an organization started by my sister Kayla Falk and me dedicated to teaching the philosophy, science, and practice of living a meaningful life. We offer an ongoing workshop series that incorporates tools and wisdom from Eastern practices and Western science. Through community, contemplative practice, creative expression, and evidence-based practices in psychological wellbeing and positive psychology, we explore the art of living each moment with passion and presence by cultivating an awakened heart and mind.

What is the Art of Human Being?

The Art of Human Being is an organization started by my sister Kayla Falk and me dedicated to teaching the philosophy, science, and practice of living a meaningful life. We offer an ongoing workshop series that incorporates tools and wisdom from Eastern practices and Western science. Through community, contemplative practice, creative expression, and evidence-based practices in psychological wellbeing and positive psychology, we explore the art of living each moment with passion and presence by cultivating an awakened heart and mind.

 What is the Art of Human Being 8-Week Workshop Series?

The AoHB 8-Week Workshop Series is designed to explore the art of living a happy and meaningful life, incorporating tools and wisdom from Western neuropsychology and Eastern spiritual practices. In this workshop, we’ll help you build your personal toolbox of practices and wisdom that will foster openness to living the fullest and most vibrant life available to you, embracing a greater connection with yourself and the world around you.

The workshop is divided into two parts. First, we explore the core tools for developing presence and perspective in day-to-day life – what we conceptualize as “how to be”. We will teach tools to cultivate mindfulness, humor, perspective, awe, and open-hearted curiosity. Next, we dive into an exploration of the self and one’s life. This is broken down into: self-inquiry, self-compassion, intrinsic motivation and life purpose, self-transformation, and self-transcendence.

The goal is an awakened heart that is fearless and open to experiencing all that life has to offer, embracing how wonderful, heartbreaking, mysterious, and euphoric it can be to be alive.

Curriculum

Week 1: Presence of Being

  • The what, why, and how of mindfulness partice

  • How to turn off autopilot and be present

  • How to notice your own thoughts

Week 2: Lightness of being

  • The science and healing power of humor

  • Finding gratitude in small moments

  • Cultivating perspective

Week 3: Mystery of being

  • The science and healing power of awe

  • Practical tools for enchanting daily life

  • Investigating mortality for more meaningful living

Week 4: Investigating the Self

  • Discovering character strengths

  • Carl Jung’s archetypes

  • Investigating the self through guided imagery

Week 5: Befriending the Self

  • Self-compassion

  • Dealing with difficult emotions

  • Nonjudgemental self-discipline

Week 6: Transforming the Self

  • Building a roadmap to your best self

  • Getting unstuck

Week 7: Forgetting the self

  • Interbeing and interconnectedness

  • Seeing beyond yourself

  • The science and healing power of altruism

Week 8: Reflection and Integration

  • How to bring these tools into daily life

  • Creating tangible next steps and measurable goals for spiritual and psychological growth