One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began. –Mary Oliver
Start over: The resilient brain is always starting over. Aliveness: Show up, speak from your heart, suspend judgment, and be open to outcome. Intimacy: Move closer to yourself and someone else with the possibility that you could be forever changed by the experience. We have all experienced moments of feeling totally alive, yet much of our life is spent in a half-asleep: half-committed state of being. While there are many life-situations beyond our control, we choose how we respond to these events. The choice to be passionately alive is an act of courage. To choose life is to open ourselves to all of life: suffering, joy, success, failure, love, and grief. It is to fully acknowledge the truth of who we are, commit to living our deepest values and dreams, define what we must change in our relationships, and learn new ways to heal, forgive, and communicate. This workshop is designed to bring to awareness our unconscious choices of how we deaden ourselves and to create the possibility for new aliveness and passionate involvement. It provides insight into starting over, aliveness, and intimacy for clinical work, using the practices drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, and Gestalt methods.
Recommended reading: Goldenson, It’s Time: No One’s Coming to Save You.