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LESSON 1

ENGAGE

VISUALIZATION

Cancelling out Isolation:

Connections are woven as we sit in our chair reading/ listening - between us and the place we live, between us and other readers/ listeners, us and the writer/ speaker.

Without knowing what happened, our sense of home is deepened.

 

Journaling & Mindful Exercise

 

"I have so much of you in my heart."

- John Keats -

Unique Nest

 

 Draw a nest and place something in it.

Don't let you stop by thinking "I don't know how to draw a nest" - there are many negative thoughts that always come up when we think too much... just do it, there's no right or wrong. For this exercise it doesn't have to be an 'amazing artwork'...

Focus on the meaning of it and what the exercise lets you unfold and discover.

A nest relates to security, safety and warmth. Consider the various types of nests and who or what may benefit from its comfort.

Examples may include: Babies, birds, depressed or fearful adults, animals, reptiles, insects, words, thoughts etc.

(you can also draw or find images of the items to apply to it and make a collage out of it)

 

 

What type of nest did YOU create?

 

What is in the nest?

 

Is the nest sturdy? Is it safe?

 

Can the nest withstand strong weather conditions such as thunderstorms?

 

Would you like to be in the nest?

 

Who would be with you?

 

What is the purpose of the nest?

 

How is your home like a nest?

PREPARING THE GROUND

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Journaling & Mindful Exercise

 

"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't."

- John Green -

Comfort & Well-Being - Belonging

 

 Draw someone or something you find comforting. Again, no big deal, its 'just' an exercise...

How does it relate to what you think of shelter, refuge, safe haven, good place to be... hope?

What does it take for you to belong?

Where do you belong?

 

What do you find comforting? Is it a person, place or thing?

 

How do your mood, attitude and behavior change when you feel comforted?

 

Do you ever try to self-soothe in order to find comfort?

 

What are the benefits of self-soothing?

What is 'home' for you and are you experiencing it? How was/is it for your family? Were you provided with it, did you provide it?

Did you have freedom within this safe place? Were you allowed to follow what interest/moves you?

How did you practice on finding and building up your voice?

Where do you feel most alone? Where do you feel most not alone?

LOOSEN UP!

"Hope is the thing with feathers"

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CREATING THE GROUND

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

 

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

- Emily Dickinson -

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