Six months ago, January 19, 2018, was the last night of my very first Anxiety Support Group.
That night we talked about and shared how we do (or don't do) 'self-care', holistically. Not just bodily self-care, but heart, mind, soul....messiness within and without, not paying attention to finances, not connecting with others...maybe isolating or withdrawing. Professional/work life. Spirituality. Play???
I guided the group through a meditation into their future and then asked them to write a "Letter to Me". Once each participant had completed their "Letter to Me", they put the letter in an envelope, sealed it, addressed it to themselves and gave the envelope to me. I put a stamp on each one and marked the date (six months in the future) that I would send them their "Letter to Me"!
And today is the day! First...six months has gone by. Secondly, I am so curious as to how each participant will react and feel when they read the letter they wrote.
What is in the letter you might ask? It begins with an acknowledgement of how hard the person has been working on themselves. The next question is: In the next six months I would like to make the following changes in my life by adding, slowly and with self-compassion, the following activities, practices or projects ( this could mean starting something or letting something go ).
The letter goes on to ask what the person would like more of, and finally what they would like less of.
If I was going to open a letter I composed six months ago, on the last night of my first Anxiety Support Group, I would say: I have been working on facilitating a group for healing, management, self-compassion and inner peace for a long time. I would make the following changes by adding a support group or half-day workshop for family members of people with anxiety issues, and by adding a healing and support group around recognizing and amplifying personal resilience, using both the Adult Childhood Adverse Experiences information and the Resiliency questionnaire at acestoohigh.com/got-your-ace-score/.
What would your letter to you say if you wrote it now and opened it six months from now? How long have you been working on you? What changes would you make? What do you want more of? And less of?
You deserve. You may not know it...I know it about you. You deserve.
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