Being Your Own Best Friend

Try a Being Your Own Best Friend class….

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.

Each session of four classes will have a theme we work more deeply with. They are:

Self-Criticism/Judgement – Inner Critics, particularly severe ones, can be tough to understand. The Focusing skill we are really honing here is how to hold our inner space with both kindness and clarity. With consistency, radically different perspectives feel safe to peacefully exist alongside each other. An incredible strength emerges from this diversity. Ready for more peace within? This is the place.

Self-Care Habits – Our emphasis here is on bringing the power of the pause into our daily life. Really bringing Presence to how we are taking care of our body-mind-soul. We do embodiment exercises here. We explore the latest research on trauma and the shame/connection complex.

Loneliness – This is a great opportunity to get better at ‘being with’, this is a Focusing skill that many of us have little experience with. Our culture certainly does not encourage us to practice it. And, it is a vital skill for the more challenging emotions like loneliness, shame, and pain of all kinds.

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
  • exploring hidden beliefs
  • 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 used to be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer. I am not sure I’ll have time for this in 2021. If you are interested, reach out. If I get enough interest, I may be inspired to get this going. Classes will meet four times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75.

BEST FRIENDS ADULT ZOOM  ~FOCUS ON SELF-CRITICISM – 2021 DATES

Not scheduled at this time for 2021.
Course fee $75

BEST FRIENDS ADULT ZOOM   ~ FOCUS ON SELF-CARE HABITS – 2021 DATES

Not scheduled at this time for 2021.
Course fee $75

BEST FRIENDS ADULT ZOOM  ~ FOCUS ON LONELINESS – 2021 DATES

Not scheduled at this time for 2020.
Course fee $75

You are welcome to email me HERE to express interest. IF I offer this, it will be weekday hours Mon, Tues or Weds on Eastern New York time zone.

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!