Here’s what we explored:
- when we listen for our own wisdom around problems, we get helpful fresh ideas that may include asking someone for help
- if we identify help we need and then ask, that feels different from having others telling us what to do when we haven’t asked
- ask how you can help. Don’t make assumptions about what someone wants and needs
- we want our own capacity for returning to well-being to be recognised when people offer help
- we also assume people can’t handle feeling distress
- we can become frightened by others’ distress
- often, without awareness, the reason we want others to feel better is because we need them to feel better so we can feel better
- when we catch sight of this, we realise it is all about us!
- do we really see, we are okay at a deeper essential level (and so is everyone else)?
- Carla talks about when she had her breakdown-breakthrough, how her wisdom told her to let herself completely unravel, and then when everything was stripped back she felt her deeper essence
- what people crave is a grounded presence
- when our sense of ourselves gets interrupted, we may attempt to patch ourselves up and try to carry on as before
- there is a terror of falling apart
- being present with ourselves is an extraordinary gift
- when we speak to someone as if they are whole, not broken, without judgment, we invite the other to find that place in themselves
- ‘Why’ questions don’t usually give a satisfying answer – ‘why am I feeling this way?’
- as we deeply realise we are more than our feelings, we get to take how we feel less seriously
- there is an intelligence in our inner experience (all of it), you begin to get eyes for the wisdom of the moment – it’s alive
- the difference between feeling our emotions and collapsing into our emotions
- if we don’t reflect on why we want to help and ask others what help they want (if they know), then we’re not really being helpful
- often we grab hold of the story because it’s a diversion, something to do.
- it looks like it’s empathetic but it moves the focus away from the present
- the point of lightening up is, not only do we feel better, we are more resourced to hear and act on our wisdom
- often, our head is disconnected from our hearts
- as we get more sense of a deeper dimension we get kinder towards our psychological experience
- we don’t take how we feel so personally
- when are low, we are usually living in the past and when we are feeling anxious often we are living in the future
- coming back into the present can help us find equilibrium
- as we wake up to the wild ways our dramatic brains go on, we get to take it less seriously
- if you catch yourself trying to fix others, it’s a good place to sit and reflect on how much you can get present with your own distress
- we’re human, we fall into our old tracks of thought but as we catch sight more and more of what’s going on, there’s a softening
- we begin to see our ridiculousness with love and humour rather than judgement
- being okay with whatever our experience is means we get to be okay with others, whatever experience they are having
- the space of not knowing is fertile ground and we begin to get curious rather than fearful when we don’t know
- come alongside others in support but without making demands
- don’t underestimate the power of warmth and connection and being fully present with someone in distress
Quotes and References
- webinar: Mavis Karn and Grace Kelly, Essential Selfishness
- René Descartes, “I think therefore I am”
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