"To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." - Mary Oliver
Resentment, anger, worry, loss of direction, the chatter of our inner critic, numbing behaviors, feelings of chronic overwhelm, painful cycles in our relationships, inability to be fully present....these can often be messengers, offering a signal that something needs our attention. Our inner world speaks to us, sounds an alarm, tells us that something inside longs to be noticed, to be witnessed, and to be offered the compassion and space to move toward healing.
We already have within us all that we need to move toward wholeness and healing - curiosity, compassion, imagination, care, wisdom, love, sometimes we just need a space to clear the clutter that obscures these innate tools so that we can access them and offer them to ourselves in service of our own growth and healing.
Sometimes we need intentional space where we can be supported to be brave enough to take the next steps. We can be helped in this work by a kind, compassionate guide who has been there and can offer us encouragement and suggestions. We can find courage through connecting with other real humans who are doing this work alongside us.
Sometimes we need to learn to listen to our own quiet, internal voice that knows just what to do. Sometimes we need to challenge our old stories and patterns. Sometimes we need to get cozy with discomfort and engage with emotions or experiences that we've attempted to push down and bury. We can learn to be with emotions that aren't comfortable. We can learn to hold ourselves kindly and compassionately through shame, negative thoughts, fear of failure. We can challenge ourselves to take risks, to be more authentic, to offer ourselves true compassion, to create new pathways in our thinking, to notice the patterns in ourselves and our relationships, and to take next steps even when it feels scary. We can let go of anger and resentment. We can (re)learn how to show up to and be fully present in our lives.
When we step into spaces where have the support we need to practice these things, our lives can begin to flow in new and exciting ways. That "stuck" feeling may begin to ease and we might begin to imagine a different way forward. "Imagination is the first step in creation."* We can be powerful agents of change in our own lives. Sometimes to create that change, we just need a place to reconnect to our imagination, to remind ourselves of our own power, and to practice and take the first steps.
* "Imagination is the first step in creation." = this quote is attributed to several different people, but the 3 I see most often are Sally Clarkson, Farid F. Ibrahim, William Walker Atkinson
Saying 'yes' to a Seeds of Connection group is a commitment to yourself, to your personal growth and healing, and to new practices that can shift and change how you experience your inner world and how you navigate your life.
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