HSP Discussion & Free Write Wednesday: Nov 18, Dec 16, 2020 & Jan20,2021

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HSP  Discussion & Freewrite Wednesdays 

Wednesday, November 18 our topic will be:
Equanimity, Gates of Grief and HSP Inner Sanctuaries

Wednesday, December 16 our topic will be: 
Uncovering and honoring the unique contributions HSPs bring to the world, what gets in the way, how Differential Susceptibility affects our well-being…and finally … What it Means to me to be an HSP.

Wednesday, January 20, 2020 our topic will be:
Challenging our cultural norms:  Be, Do Have

**Register below by 5:00 pm  the Tuesday prior to our gathering

Equanimity, Gates of Grief, HSP Inner Sanctuaries 

“We’re not longing for the normal that was – we’re grieving losses yet unaddressed. ”
-Oprah Winfrey

Many of us here in the United States, and most likely in other parts of the world, are tired.  We can all fill in our own blanks … “What I am most tired of is ……”

Our HSPs our depth of processing can keep us searching for truth, answers, or solutions, especially during stressful times.  This past year has left many of us tired and exhausted, irritable, anxious, and/or suffering from burnout, physically and emotionally.

So it was with relief when I recently came across the book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: The Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller. The five gates of grief he identifies expressed so much of what I have been experiencing.  I realized that I was “grieving losses yet addressed.”  Weller identifies the five gates of grief as:

Gate 1 – Everything we love, we will lose
Gate 2 – The parts of us that have never known love
Gate 3 – The sorrows of the world
Gate 4 –  What we expected and did not receive
Gate 5 – Ancestral grief

Please do take 15 minutes to listen to Francis Weller describe, in-depth,  these five gates of grief.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaI-4c92Mqo&t=212s

Connecting with these gates of grief brought a sense of validation and compassion for a sense of mourning I was not even aware of.  Since learning about these gates, I’ve begun to notice a sense of calm and compassion which has led to stronger feelings of equanimity.  Webster defines equanimity a:  a mental calmness, composure, evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation(s.)

So what ways do you, dear HSPs, find for returning to a state of equanimity?
What “gates of grief” might be wanting to connect with you?

Maybe we can find new perspectives to make sense of a troubled time, our place in it, and find ways to connect more often with a sense of inner calm and joy.

What is Freewriting?
Freewriting is basically a stream of consciousness writing within a set time period usually to certain writing prompts.  These prompts can activate images, thoughts, metaphors, and feelings often revealing a deeper connection with Self.

Wednesday, November 18 our topic will be:
Equanimity, Gates of Grief and HSP Inner Sanctuaries
We will spend our time discussing the Five Gates of Freedom as they relate to our HSP trait, especially our D.O.E.S.  Then we will learn tips and processes for “freewriting” before giving ourselves about 6 minutes to practice free writing.  Sharing or witnessing what others share during small break out rooms is what often makes this type of intimate gathering of HSPs so special.

To Register:

You are welcome to join for one or all of the upcoming free writes:  November 18, December 16. January 20.  Cost:  $12 for one or $30 for all three.
You can make payment here:  www.lifeworkshelp.com/pay.htmclick HSP Workshop
The deadline to make payment and register  for this small HSP gathering is 5:00 pm (Mountain) the Tuesday, before our Wednesday Free Write. 

After payment is received you will be sent the link to register for the Zoom call.  If you have not used the Zoom platform before, I think you’re going to really like it.  You will need to download a free Zoom account before our first online meeting.   You can do that here:  https://www.zoom.us/ or if you are in Europe you can go here: https://zoomeurope.zoom.us

Below are a few writing prompts for the November gathering.  Other writing prompts will be shared during each HSP Free Write Wednesday.

An  “HSP Inner Sanctuary” that brings me comfort and calm is….

What Kahil  Gibran’s’ quote means to me is….
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked …. The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”

What I’m doing well at during this time …..

What I’m grieving most during these times ??

The most soul-satisfying activities I can create for myself or others is….

I look forward to spending this time with you,

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2 Responses to HSP Discussion & Free Write Wednesday: Nov 18, Dec 16, 2020 & Jan20,2021

  1. Charlotte Moran says:

    It was wonderful to get your email and learn about this telehealth opportunity.
    I plan to sign up.

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