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Sunday, September 24th from 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Hosted by Rachael Rifkin in our *Lotus Education Room*

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How Cultivating Surprise and Daily Joy Can Change Our Perspectives and the World.


"The revolution that counts is the one that takes place in the imagination; many kinds of change issue forth thereafter, some gradual and subtle, some dramatic and conflict-ridden--which is to say that revolution doesn't necessarily look like revolution."

--From Rebecca Solnit's book Hope in the Dark


Surprise is meant to serve as a neurological error signal that tells the brain there is something incorrect with our current viewpoint of the world and we need to reevaluate our perspective. They’re also rare opportunities that have the power to change people’s minds and the status quo. “If the surprise is something that forces you to change your perspective, then you have to change the way you’ve been looking at things,” said Tania Luna, co-author of Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected.


Through playful, interactive activities, we’ll discuss how developing a daily joy practice can give us the tools to more readily accept uncertainty and change as a part of life, making us more open to meeting new people and putting ourselves in situations where we don't know how we'll react. Intentionally adding joy and surprise into our lives can build community and transform the way we interact with each other and the world.


To sign up, Venmo $25 to @rachael-rifkin, and include your email.


Rachael Rifkin is a personal historian whose work focuses on using storytelling, surprise, and the things we have in common, to connect and create community. She once recreated eight photos of her ancestors in order to highlight the things we all have in common with the people who came before us, and has written for Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, The Progressive, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and more.

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