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Being Your Own Best Friend with Loneliness

November 5, 2018 : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Are there times in your life when you have felt lonely or struggled to understand someone else who was? What IS IT that someone who feels lonely is really looking for?

This is a great opportunity to get better at connecting authentically with others or just ‘being with’. This is a Focusing skill that many of us have little experience with. For those who have had Focusing classes, this is acknowledging followed by the invitation to ‘sense HOW it would like you to be with it’ and then meeting it there for as long as it would like. Our culture certainly does not encourage us to practice this. ‘Being with’ is a vital Presencing skill for transforming the more challenging emotions like loneliness, shame, and pain of all kinds. Now things that have been uncomfortable are able to shift themselves. The cool thing is we do not need to practice this skill with difficult things; the skill works on the other side of the coin as well for being able to embody more joy, connection and love into our lives as well. Topics are always the Focusers choice.
Let me know if you are interested. These classes are always great fun and I look forward to more of you trying this format.
No Focusing experience is required.

5 Monday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm
Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10
Course fee $75

To register, email me at sandyjahmi@gmail.com or call me at 540-552-0203. You may also want to look over my website. There is a paypal option there to pay for this class easily or once we connect, I can send you other payment options.

If you curious about Focusing and looking for a gentle introduction, this space is for you! It’s also an ideal space for an experienced Focuser to work on these particular inner themes with the benefit of a weekly structure. Being Your Own Best Friend is centered around exploring and improving your relationship with yourself from wherever it is now. You will deepen your sense of trust within. We’ll explore how our brain works using current neuroscience concepts. We’ll use various body awareness, mindfulness and Focusing activities to become familiar with our own individual inner processes around what it means for us to be our own best friend.

Classes will include time for sensing within yourself, mindfulness exercises to adapt into your daily life, opportunities to become more familiar with how to navigate your inner landscape, Presence language exercises, writing, art and body awareness/movement activities and possibly a Demo of Focusing-in-action. There will be some reading and handouts provided by email. We will not be partnering with others in the class here, only working individually. Focusing experience is not required, although it will certainly add to what you get from this class. You will be able to go deeper on the themes offered here if you already have experience.

The uses of Focusing that apply particularly to the topic of Being Your Own Best Friend include:

practicing self-compassion
making clear decisions
knowing what you really feel and want
releasing emotional burdens
transforming inner critics
nurturing a sense of self worth
being an accepting understanding friend
improve overall communication skills
increase patience, intentionality, gratitude and body awareness
getting clearer on our place in the world

Being Your Own Best Friend will be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer. Classes will meet five times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75.

For the Video Web Conference class, we will be utilizing a program called Zoom. You will need to download it onto your computer or phone to join us via video. You’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the US. With zoom, you are in control of your video and audio, and have access to a chat space to type in comments or responses. Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!


November 5, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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