In preparation for our meeting we tune into what really matters to us as individuals and as a group. The questions which matter to our members and are alive for them are our most important resource.
1. What are you most curious about regarding health, healing, healthcare, the commons and commoning ?
Some answers from members:
A: How we can move from good practice to common practice - how we can collectively 'find our way' - how we can activate self and collective compassion
R: 'Curious' is such a brilliant word, and it does very aptly describe where I am at regarding this whole arena of Commoning and Commons. I have done a little reading, and watched some videos, since meeting you and George, and it really speaks to me as a way to be in the world, if possible. How much I need to absorb and learn about this.
As to regards health, healing and healthcare...Well, I can speak from my own, and various people I have been close to, as carer and/ or advocate in the experience of mental and physical illness within the health service and also care home facilities here and in Australia. A desperate need for some 'joined up' thinking and integration comes to mind; and greater compassion for those who need help, and also for those who are employed and caring - whether as workers, or those as family to find support, too.
I am also someone who has been involved in 'alternative health' healing modalities for some years. I have never practiced professionally, as never felt able to charge monetarily for my services. However, I am about to embark on finishing my training as a Shiatsu practitioner; and as a Yoga Therapist and Mindfulness teacher, working specifically within the mental health arena, within the next two years, hopefully. And, as I no longer have an income from other full-time work it will be essential to derive some income from these trainings, eventually. Also, to fully qualify as a psychotherapist once these trainings are complete.
2. What are you hoping to take away from the meeting?
A: Energy, resilience, joy, a structure for building alignment, envisioning and building resilience.
R: Whatever comes in my interaction with whoever attends, will, I am sure inform and help feed my need to meet like minded souls; as this group potentially augers to be a resource to listen and exchange ideas that I am truly deeply curious about.
3. What would you need in order to remain engaged with this group?
A: The above structure
R: That, initially, we remain committed, to 'show up' and be present within this group. I am sure as we get to know each other we will formulate ideas to share and ways to work upon ourselves, and take out into the workplace, and world at large!
4. What do you feel and think you may be able to contribute regarding skills, time, competence......
A: I will joyously give what I can - my love is in the area of facilitating safe spaces for mindful and compassionate connection
Here I am
Here we are