It may always be a huge challenge for me to find my voice and courage to express myself to others in times of conflict, especially in close relationships. In my childhood staying silent in times of conflict was how I managed to stay alive. And so I always want to stay close to what’s possible for me within my own history and out of my longings. Ultimately with as much self respect and self care as I can manage. A work in progress for the rest of my life. And so I am very grateful to Marshall Rosenberg for the hope he offers of growing ways to cultivate connection with others through his work Nonviolent Communication. The hope that I am gradually more resourced to attempt self-expression and to cultivate room in me for the other person’s experience whilst simultaneously holding compassion for my own. Hope can be defined as “The goal, the pathway and the agency” CR Snyder
HONESTY WITHOUT HARMThe current form that honesty is expressed through in our culture is often through judgment, blame and fault finding. Someone has done something wrong. It is unlikely that our longings to be heard, seen and understood will be fulfled through this approach. NVC gives us a process which in times of discord and conflict values the needs of all involved, and communicating on the frequency of needs becomes the way of connection. Needs are universal and so when we name what we feel and need there’s a good chance of being heard and received.
Join me….Bringing live examples from your own life, join me to practice and explore honesty with yourself in the first instance and from that place honesty with others. Have a go in a container of compassionate support saying what you want to say, request what you want to request and see how it feels and notice what moves and shifts for you through that practice. Honesty is often equated with ‘doing harm’. Perhaps you fear hurting another’s feelings? Perhaps you fear losing their love and friendship? Maybe you find it hard to risk authenticity because you hunger for a sense of belonging and connection and fear you won’t have that if you put what matters to you into the mix? Words Are Windows Or They Are Walls Let’s explore together the language that makes walls a little more porous, that enables us to hold responsibility for what we are experiencing and find our way back to connection with others. Let’s unpack the beliefs which may be doing their best to protect us but which in fact make it more difficult for us to live according to our values and build the kind of relationships we are longing for. Find out more and book your place….
Why do we eat? Can conscious eating really improve our well-being?
We would like to offer a space to explore how the gifts of food can support our lives. In each session we will share latest research on the health benefits of food, there will be a space for bringing & sharing questions. We will end the session by cooking and sharing a meal together.
With Henk Kort, Nutritional Therapist and Dr. Ian Lake, GP
Saturday Mornings 21st Sept, 19th Oct, 2nd Nov, 30th Nov
10am – 12.30pm £5 per session
St. Luke’s Therapy
Centre, 53 Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4EX
intensity is facing each of us personally and life at large. The need for
connection, authenticity, clarity and presence within and without ourselves is
being demanded in unprecedented ways. Revealing more of who we truly are and
what it is we would like and need to bring into the world becomes more urgent.
the line of inquiry, through biographical exploration and artistic work (no
previous experience needed) this programme of twelve weeks will explore this
theme of expanding ‘seeing and being seen’. Sharing it with others, in a safe,
held space of attentive listening and warm receptivity offers a deepening
Start date: 1st May 2019
Time: Wednesdays 2-5pm
St Luke’s Therapy Centre, Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4EX
Cost: assessed according to individual means during
No. of participants: 8 max (plus 2 experienced facilitators)
How to have a correct view of health in an environment where health seems impossible.
Tuesday 23rd October 7.30pm
Simon Andrews – Homeopathy, First Aid and Acute Prescribing
An excellent introduction for anyone wishing to become confident at prescribing homeopathic remedies for themselves and their loved ones. No previous experience necessary. Remedy kits available on the night.