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Participant N° 2

Trying to cope with the vulnerabilities taht affect our daily routine is never easy:

This vulnerability is calling my attention these days. Why do I feel so sensitive? I´ve been asking myself: Is  my problem really so terrible? Or is it my way to see the reality?

I think  it is time to take notice,  to find a balance and not to feel so vulnerable in the every day routine.


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In our last meeting we went on connecting with our creative growth, as well as improving our writing, reading and speaking skills. The activity planned was to write about one of the following topics and then comment on them:

1) Dealing effectively with mistakes is never easy…

2) Developing self-compassion and self-acceptance is never easy…

3) Communicating effectively is never easy…

4) Living in contact with our own reality is never easy…

5) Trying to change negative thoughts, patterns and attitudes is never      easy…

6) Trying to cope with the vulnerabilities that affect our daily routine is never easy…

7) Trying to connect with our deep and dormant wishes is never easy…

 

Participant N°1:

Trying to connect with our deep and dormant wishes is never easy… how many times have I said those words in my life? And the fact is, that I kept telling myself that this is so… and if it is not easy why should I bother to waste my so “valuable” time?

Do I have any clue about what a wish is? Or at least, have I ever challenged myself to connect with something deep and dormant, that if existed, should be buried and full of dust in some old and rusty compartment, which would make it almost impossible to find?

To be faithful to whom I believe I am, first of all, I have to stop complaining and making excuses for not been able to write. Yes, that’s it “to write”, as since  the beginning of this essay, that has been the only wish which has been resounding in my heart. “Writing” and “Reading” are the strongest wishes I have ever had.

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Writing skills:

Title:

Starting something new is never easy, and Jan woke up feeling very nervous

Composition: (120 to 180 words)

 

Starting something new is never easy, and Jan woke up feeling very nervous. That Monday appeared as a typical rainy winter day. She chose her favorite jeans, a light pink sweater and decided to wear her rain boots.

She felt that the image that her mirror reflected was the correct one according to her feelings; she needed to show him the best aspect of herself: “ a modern, natural and loyal woman”. She knew that his first impression would be the beginning of their relationship. She hoped he would fall in love with her immediately… Jan was full of expectancy and when the clock struck ten, she realized it was time to leave. She walked the ten blocks to his apartment with her heart beating hard.

She knocked at the front door softly. Then she was able to hear steps approaching and in a few seconds she saw a young blond woman carrying the most beautiful baby she had ever seen. She looked deeply into his eyes. He smiled broadly at her  letting his pacifier fell down. “It was love at first sight”, no doubt.

Her first job as a baby-sitter would be an unforgettable moment in her life.

 

Written by Silvia

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Our members keep  sending us the activity done in our last “Necklaces & Ties” meeting. In this opportunity,  the poem  sent is the one which has been adapted after listening to all the others. Excellent result!!!

“Looking for a moment of s

 running out of my bed

meeting nice women , sharing a group

which makes me feel better, restoring my health.

Dreaming of a best life-style

hoping for it as a child in Christmas Eve

preparing myself with effort

coping with my resistance to be happy

transforming my thoughts in energy.

Getting rid of sadness

with less old tears and more new smiles

going through difficulties

achieving my goals wisely

shining with the sparkles

of an adult modern woman

with the real age of my soul.

Silvia

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FIRST POEM

SPEED AND THOUGHT
FEELING OF LOSS
THE BURDEN OF AGE
THE AGE OF OUR SOUL

HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN PAIN KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR?
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN HEALTH IS RESTORED?

YOUR MIND KNOWS THE WAY
TO CONQUER YOUR SOUL
BEWARE!!!
DON´T LET IT FORCE YOU TO TRAVEL SO

SECOND POEM

LET´S OPEN OUR HEARTS
THE BURDEN OF AGE
SHOULDN´T CHOOSE
CRYING AS A PATH

HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN PAIN KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR?
STOP AND SEE
BE OPEN AN ALERT, JUST FEEL

SPEED AND THOUGHT
ENERGY SURROUNDING US
YOUR SOUL WILL SURE
TAKE YOU ASHORE

Marta

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This is another activity in our “Necklaces & Ties” meeting group.
1st Task:
   
When I came here
   I was eager to share moments with the group
   Nervous about decisions
   I love the energy surrounding us
   Laughing and feeling supported
   opening our hearts
2nd Task:
   
When I came here 
I was eager to share moments with the group 
Nervous about decisions
 You conquer your soul
don´t let it force you
I love the energy surrounding us 
shining with the sparks of an adult modern woman
 Laughing, relaxed and connected with ourselves
feeling supported,  opening our hearts
Be alert, our thoughts will give us the direction.
Ana

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Are You Living Your True Potential?
By Mary Mackenzie

Do you ever find yourself in the same emotional landscape over and over again? Okay, sure, the scenery and faces around you might be different, but the way you feel — a tangible sense of dissatisfaction — seems all too familiar. Could it be Deja vu?  Karma? A result of your childhood? Isn’t it time to move beyond your inner judgments and start living your best life?

How can we live up to our true potential, a life filled with relationships and experiences that truly meet our needs, when we keep putting our focus on the outside rather than looking inward? Isn’t it true, that the only common denominator in your experiences is you?

Nonviolent Communication gives you the tools to take responsibility for what you need to live your best life. This means no one else is responsible for your quality of life but you!

Check in with yourself over the course of a day. Do you find yourself blaming others for what’s missing in your life? Following the five steps below will help guide you toward creating a different life experience and living up to your true potential.

Step 1: Own it!
The first step toward realizing your true potential — in relationships, in your job, and in every aspect of your life — is to own your life experiences rather than blame them on others. You can do this by translating that blame into your own feelings and needs in the moment.

Instead of saying, “my boss is so controlling. He doesn’t let me take the lead on anything,” try this: “When I go to work I feel bored. I really need more stimulation and an opportunity for growth.” See the difference?

When I translate my life experiences through feelings and needs, I can discern my world without judgment. In fact, I can avoid any thoughts of good/bad or right/wrong.

This revelation may seem minor to some, but to me it represents freedom, inclusion, abundance and the very real possibility for a deeper life experience, and more meaningful relationships. Through this simple first step, you can shift your method of discerning your world.Step 2:  Instead of Judging, Experience
Previously, my relationships were hampered by my judgments. Instead of simply experiencing my feelings and needs, I found myself constantly sizing the other person up to see where I fit.

If I thought someone knew more about a particular topic than me, I judged them as superior. If I thought I knew more about a topic than others, I thought I was better than them. This competition often led to distrust, hurt feelings and a lack of real connection with the people in my life.

As you go through your day, be conscious of how you relate to others. Do you find yourself turning to judgments to determine where you fit? If so, try to take a step back and simply experience your feelings and needs for what they are.

For example, if I’m in a conversation where someone knows more about the topic than I do, instead of judging them as intellectually superior (and myself as inferior), I can check in and experience what I’m feeling: “I’m feeling insecure right now because I’m needing acceptance and inclusion in the conversation.” Experience the feelings/needs simply for what they are, absent of judgment.Step 3: Focus on What You Want
At one point in my life, I began to notice I spent more time than I enjoyed focusing on the negative — what was missing in my life — rather than on what I really wanted more of.

I wanted to notice my unmet needs, but focusing on what was missing made this difficult. In a sense, I was attempting to make a shift in my mental alignment.

For example, if I was talking with a friend who interrupted me, my first thought might be, “she is self-centered.” However, if I focus on what I want, rather than on what is missing, I might instead think, “I love it when I’m heard.” When you translate your judgments in this manner as often as you notice them, it creates a subtle and powerful shift.

As this shift occurred in me, for the first time in my life I noticed that the machine gun of judgments was running out of ammunition. My focus was more in alignment with my dreams, what I hope for and value, and most especially what I love.

Perhaps the most significant gift I received from aligning my focus on what I want was learning more about what it is that I love. Prior to this step, I could tell you what I didn’t like and what I didn’t want to do, but to commit to what I wanted often eluded me.Step 4: Ask For It!
Creating the life experiences that meet your needs also means being able to ask for what you want. By simply focusing on what you want (rather than what you don’t want), you are in better position to suggest strategies to better meet your needs.

Going back to the example earlier, let’s say that you’ve connected to your needs and realize that you’re feeling bored at work, and need stimulation and an opportunity for growth. What if you requested a meeting with your boss to express your feelings/needs, and to brainstorm opportunities together?

When you are connected to your needs, your requests will become clearer, they will be more readily received, and they will be more precise in helping meet your needs.Step 5: Remember, Your Potential Is a Living Concept
As I became more skilled at discerning what I want, and asking for it, all my relationships improved and I became more able to live to my true potential.

What does that mean exactly and what is true potential? I used to think of it as an outcome — a static concept, something written in stone the day I was born that I was supposed to “become.”

Now I consider it a living concept that changes with the ebb and flow of my life. When ill, my true potential might look very different than when I’m healthy. It is, in fact, less about the results of my effort and more about the consciousness I bring to my life, such as authenticity, humility, and integrity. To me, this is living to my true potential.

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