I am just off a 2 day Self of the Therapist workshop in New Orleans, LA, with an amazing group of therapists. These are some of the most generous people I have had the privilege of being alongside as they train as EFT Therapists. The courage to open the doors of their hearts, and their experiences, learning from and with each other, is truly inspiring.
As I reflect on my own experience of these 2 days, as well as knowing many from this community since our first EFT training in March 2013, I am struck by the ever amazing power of "leaning in". How when we are instinctively drawn towards each other's pain and suffering, we make all the difference in the world to a person's healing experience... leaning in with people who are safe, loving and compassionate. Leaning in ... the source of healing the wounds and brokenness of our spirits and souls.
Leaning In ...
What do we mean by "Leaning In"? For me, it is shining a loving light of empathy and kindness on the dark corners and recesses of someone's pain, suffering and aloneness. Leaning in allows us to honor that we hurt, honor the very good reasons for the hurt, and provide the nurturing and care the pain needs in order for a person to heal into wholeness, to transform into his or her true self.
Sue Johnson, co-founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy, stated in a 2014 talk for Mind-Body Green, that it isn't about survival of the fittest... it is about survival of the most nurtured. (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14364/how-to-make-love-last-in-the-age-of-instant-gratification-dr-sue-johnson.html)
Nurturing each other, and learning to nurture ourselves, is leaning in. Learning to understand the very good reasons we feel and behave the way we do, is leaning in. Giving ourselves permission for our humanness, is leaning in. And in doing so, we transform from surviving in this world, to thriving!
As I reflect on my 2 days with these amazing people, the courage to "lean in" is what I am holding onto in my heart ...
For today ... Lean In ...
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