The heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of.
We commonly hear the axiom, Love is letting go of fear. There is, however, another possibility: Love means loving ourselves even when we are afraid. This applies to all so-called negative emotions: fear, anger, doubt, jealousy, and so on. We simply cannot be who we are not. Accepting who we are allows healing to begin. Judging ourselves, we lose sight of the deeper message our feelings bring to us, reinforcing the very negativity we are attempting to dissolve.
"Through personal and interpersonal processes," Joe Cavanaugh writes, "we will see how our judgments, beliefs, and attitudes can undermine our self-esteem and personal effectiveness. We will create a space to heal our wounds from the past while enhancing our capacity for greater love and compassion. In a context of mutual support and safety, we will learn to accept ourselves for who we are in the present moment. We will then discover how these so-called negative emotions were in fact angels in disguise, guiding us toward our Authentic Self."
This workshop is designed for all those wishing to enrich the quality of their lives and increase their capacity for empathy and compassion for themselves and others.
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.
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;