The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. –Albert Schweitzer
We are born with an abundance of creative energy, vitality, and aliveness. Yet, simply by living in an imperfect world, we have all experienced some degree of wounding of the heart, causing us to retract our love to protect ourselves against further hurt. We then develop strategies to survive in a world of uncertainty and change. These defense strategies, once essential for our survival, now simply perpetuate our own suffering while further alienating us from who we really are. Through personal and interpersonal processes, including Gestalt, psychodrama, meditation, and other self-awareness tools, this workshop is designed to assist participants in identifying and working through their own self-imposed limitations and thus reclaim the true identity of their authentic selves. This requires the courage to awaken the heart from its slumber (from Latin, courage cor means heart!) and embrace life to its fullest, including the full range of our human emotions. This, once again, opens us up to the wellspring of joy and gratefulness (great-fullness) that comes naturally from just being fully alive!
Prerequisite: Be willing to attend all sessions and abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs for the duration of the workshop.
Recommended reading: Cavanaugh, Who Am I, Really? How Our Wounds Can Lead to Healing.