No matter where we are on the journey, we are not alone.
With 8 weeks of class behind us, Wednesday was an opportune time to pause, reflect on the intentions we created for ourselves, regroup, and ask direct support of our classmates going forward. The questions we answered were:
- Call to mind the intention(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of the course.
- Relative to this intention, what’s one thing you might like to shift, reaffirm, let go of, or offer yourself in the next stretch of the course?
- Is there any support you might like to request from the group in regards to your experience in the course? If so, what?
For those who were unable to attend class yesterday due to professional or family conflicts, we welcome your responses to these same questions.
One thing that arose from the discussion is a desire from some to connect between classes for short, peer-led practice sessions. Please scroll down to learn more about that.
Meanwhile, David and I wish you a restful next two weeks!
Home practices for this week include:
- Formal Practice: 20-30 minutes, at least 5 times this week. Consider ongoing use of the Practice Makes Imperfect journal and/or a practice partner if this feels helpful.
- Creative Invitation: Exploring Compassion and Loving Kindness through Poetry.
- This is a rest week, so priority is resting. 🙂
However, for those who prefer to linger over the material in preparation for our next meeting on March 28, you may wish to dip in to the following videos and/or reading. Because some are audio resources, they’re great while hanging out with a beloved pet, resting with tea, taking a walk, or even folding clothes. If you choose to go ahead, let the words wash over you and listen for themes. They’re all related to lovingkindness, but because they’re presented by three different teachers, we receive a variety of perspectives that consolidate and deepen our understanding.
- Reminder: It will be a rest week next week (March 21). There will be no formal class.
- We discovered in class that there are some who wish to connect between classes, whether via short, peer-led practice sessions via Zoom or Skype (20 – 30 min) or phone calls. If you wish, you may opt in and list your preferences so that you may easily and independently coordinate based on your specific needs and availability in this editable spreadsheet below. (This spreadsheet lists the people who opted in via the chat in Wednesday’s class. Please update your details and preferences as you see fit.) Please note that participation is completely optional.
- While these are not official CDP activities, we encourage you to maintain the same group agreements in your private, out-of-class meetings as we do in class (confidentiality, non-judgement, non-fixing, etc.).
- If you know of anyone who may be supported by participating the CDP, please pass along the word that we will begin a next group on April 10. No one is a better spokesperson for this experience than YOU. Here’s the link to apply. Share generously if you feel inspired. 🙂
- Course Progress. In class on Wednesday, some of us took the opportunity to ask the class for support in any way that we needed. One of the ways in which I (Aimee) would like to request support from the group is by letting David and me know how this experience has been for you so far. We care about how you’re faring, and we wish to co-create the best experience possible. Your contributions are anonymous (if you prefer), and David and I read every single word and take all input/ideas into account.
- This week’s video recording: Password is Spring
- A word on Creative Invitations:
1) I’ve consolidated all of the CIs we’ve done so far on one single page on the website for your reference for those who wish to re-visit them during the course. I’ll add new CIs as we progress through course topics.
2) One of our group recently asked if I would share with her some of the resources that inspired the Creative Invitations. I’d like to pass on this curated list to anyone who is interested. Note that “creativity” in this collection generally means exploring new and unexpected ways to engage with your own life. These are not official course readings, but they have informed and inspired my own expressive arts practice, which I in turn bring to you.
- What we Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of your Soul by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
- The Artist’s Rule, Paintner (based on Christian mythology and perspectives and applicable to the human experience in general)
- Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction, Paintner (interfaith perspective)
- Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing, by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
- The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing, Rogers
- Bird by Bird, Lamott
- Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way
- The Creativity Cure by Carrie and Alton Barron
- Drawing as a Sacred Activity by Heather Williams
- Painting Your Way out of a Corner: The Art of Getting Unstuck
- And this is my next inspiration, which I await eagerly in the mail. An expressive arts approach to exploring conditioned beliefs about the body.