As part of the practicum that I am currently in with the Center for Courage and Renewal, we get to meet in peer learning groups two times before a closing retreat. In these groups we are held by simply being listened to as we share what is on our heart, what goal we have related to our sharing, and the best way(s) for the group to respond to us.
What a transformative space!
As I was reflecting upon what makes it so, I realized that it is being listened to and having people who are willing to respond in the ways that I need the most at that moment.
All too often, people are quick to jump in with personal stories or advice and in this group, I was able to say that what I needed most were questions to ask myself and sit with.
Where are your spaces that you are truly listened to and people are willing to respond with what you deeply need?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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