All Parts Are Welcome Support Circle
Wednesdays, September 9-30, 2020
1:00-2:30 PM (EDT/NYC)
By donation (suggested $100)
Managing our thoughts, speech, and behavior can be challenging even during the best of times. But in an unprecedented situation like this one, we may find ourselves without the inner resources to meet this moment in a way that feels aligned with our values and with the spirit of compassion.
It can seem like the work we’ve put into practice was for nothing, especially when we notice old patterns resurfacing.
The emergence of unskillful conditioning is a normal response to a very abnormal event. Everyone has old coping mechanisms that we learned when we were younger (and less resourced) that can get triggered when we are pushed to the edge.
And this is the edge.
What makes this tricky for yoga teachers and caregivers is that we are also being called upon to be the light for others.
In a community that already has difficulty making room for shadow work, you may be feeling like you have to put only your best face forward, shove your feelings into the background, and soldier on for everyone else.
This is admirable but not sustainable.
One of the most skillful ways to get through this moment of collective trauma is to process it in real time.
Join me in a very safe and nurturing container to share and process your feelings while learning new techniques for thriving in this difficult time.
In our group coaching calls, I will help you access your core strength, map your inner terrain, and learn to soothe the triggered parts of you that need support and care.
If you aren't familiar with IFS, don't worry. Over the course of the program you will:
- learn about the IFS model of the mind through short video lessons (15 mins or less)
- learn how to invite in a multiplicity of feelings, including challenging ones
- practice methods for meeting and getting to know some of your different internal parts
- learn how to speak for your parts and to connect to your higher Self for guiding your internal system
Our 90-minute live sessions will include:
- community sharing
- opportunity to discuss the application of IFS concepts
- optional live coaching
- guided meditation (recordings will be available)
- exercises you can do on your own
This will be an intimate gathering of 8, but if there is a lot of interest I will create additional groups.
Rooted in IFS
IFS (Internal Family Systems) is an evidenced-based therapy model used around the world in clinical and coaching settings. It was featured as an especially effective tool for treating PTSD in the groundbreaking book “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk. The IFS model of the mind was also the inspiration for the Pixar movie “Inside Out.”
IFS is based on the idea that our mind is made up of parts that develop as we grow up to help us live in and relate to the world around us. Parts take on unique and necessary roles, but not all parts do their job skillfully especially when triggered.
Through IFS work, we can learn to tend and befriend all of our parts, and access inner strength and wisdom from a calming and compassionate core Self.
Why Process in a Group?
Sangha. One of the essential factors of spiritual growth is knowing that you aren’t alone in your process. You’ll be joining others who value this kind of work.
More importantly, this is a rare moment when so many people are going through the same experience. Community gatherings - even virtual ones - deeply nourish us and keep us grounded.
Learn from each other. We learn a lot about ourselves when supporting another person’s process. When we observe someone else’s process in group settings, not only do we gain valuable insight as we reflect on our own lives, but we also cultivate the skill of holding space for others.
Committment to Participation
Live participation is a must. Because enrollment is limited and to promote group cohesion, please only join us if you can make all sessions. I add additional groups when there is interest, so get in touch if you'd like to try a different time.
For privacy reasons, these sessions are not recorded.
All sessions are on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT/New York (Time Zone Converter)
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- Sept 30