Please Note: The UANA Meetup group falls under the umbrella of UANA Health & Wellness
UANA was created for those of us that recognize we are unhappy with certain aspects of our lives and holistically out of balance and that as the primary author of our experiences we must take personal responsibility to do the work necessary to transform the unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are contributing to our unhappiness so that we can experience more balanced wellness.
UANA was created for those of us ready & willing to take a serious journey of self discovery. A journey that can lead us on a path towards achieving greater mastery over our thoughts, feelings, & emotions and as a result the course of our lives.
UANA was created for those of us courageous enough to challenge our self limiting beliefs. Beliefs such as "I'm unlovable", "I'm not good enough", "I'm guilty....", "I'll never change...." Beliefs that block us from living as our authentic selves and experiencing a life full of meaning & purpose. Beliefs that often lead to anxiety, depression and dysfunction in our relationship with our Self and with others.
UANA provides opportunities to both learn about & experience powerful wellness modalities that take a person centered approach to healing, are holistic in nature, and provide simple and effective tools to improve our quality of life. When experienced and practiced as intended these modalities have been shown to be highly effective in supporting us to not just heal but thrive in the area's research has shown are most important to experiencing balanced wellness. These key elements of wellness as we at UANA like to call them, include Mental, Physical, Social/Emotional & Spiritual wellness. Three examples of the modalities we believe highly in at UANA are:
#1) W.R.A.P (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
#2) IFS (Internal Family Systems)
#3) EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
While we do give some space for reflecting on stories from the past and present that highlight unhealthy patterns in our lives the focus is always on shifting blame for our undesirable circumstances from the external world (people, places, things) to taking personal responsibility for transforming unhealthy aspects of our lives that just aren't working for us. Allowing for the sharing of difficult experiences and expression of difficult feelings is part of the process but the main goal of the group is to find ways in which we can release our stories, transform any self limiting beliefs and heal from the associated wounds and trauma so that we ultimately we can then focus on ways to uncover, nurture & maximize our unlimited wellness potential.
If you join us at UANA we promise that you can expect to do some powerful and intense work designed to support you to transform your life in the areas that are most important to YOU. What we can't promise is that it will be easy. For the vast majority of us it rarely ever is....And maybe that's the way its meant to be.
Ultimately it is our belief that anyone willing to;
1) "Be real" and look at themselves and their undesirable circumstances with total honesty.
2) Question & challenge internal area's of resistance to positive change.
3) Explore inner pain and trauma with Self led curriosity, empathy & compassion as well as support from others.
.....Can experience levels of happiness, inner peace & self acceptance that they may have thought were impossible or no longer possible.
So you might be wondering what exactly do we do at UANA Health & Wellness groups & workshops???
Well typically we.....
Give lot's of space to talk about life. All aspects of life. Or what we like to call the journey of being human.
Support each other to find solutions to challenges we are having in our lives.
Discuss & share holistic based concepts and tips, tools & techniques for improving our health & wellness in any the area's most vital to our well-being.
Watch & discuss movies, documentaries and other visual media that relate in some way to the work we are doing.
Read and discuss relevant material found in books & poetry.
Practice meditation, body scanning and other mindfulness techniques.
Investigate, discuss & implement various techniques & tools designed to heal emotional trauma, correct self limiting beliefs and increase mindfulness/awareness. Techniques and tools that may help us to find new solutions to old problems and get us to look at life from different perspectives.
Eat, drink & be merry. Many of our meetings & workshops include healthy foods & drink that support healing of the body & clarity of the mind.
Laugh, cry, shout, sing, dance.......in a nutshell try our best to be emotionally honest, authentic and FREE....without the fear of judgement!
So do you think your UANA material!!??
If any of the thoughts/feelings/concepts listed below resonate with you then please consider joining us at UANA Health & Wellness
Often see life as confusing & challenging and struggle to make sense of it all.
Recognize that there are area's in your life that need to be fixed/improved and feel you are genuinely ready and willing to take responsibility to make the necessary changes but you just don't know where to start and/or you keeping going through a never ending cycle of starting to make positive changes and then falling back to old habits and ways of thinking that just aren't serving you (see below).
Have mastered the art of procrastination.
Struggle with relationships. Romantic and other.
Often find yourself feeling hurt, betrayed, judged, criticized & blamed by others and can't figure out why this keeps happening to you.
Often have negative, judgmental and repetitive thoughts about yourself & others.
Really, really, REALLY want to change the way that you think and act so that you can become a more peaceful, positive, patient and compassionate person but you just don't know HOW!
Really want to love and accept yourself and others unconditionally but it feels next to impossible!
Often feel that when your around people your not being your "authentic" self. You feel the need to wear different masks and become a different character depending on the social situation you find yourself in. Fear of criticism and judgement keeps you from exposing the "real" you and it can sometimes feel awkward and uncomfortable to be in your own body. You constantly talk to yourself about becoming a more confident and strong person but it feels like a never ending work in progress. You want to improve your self esteem but just don't know how.
Sense that there is a disconnect and separateness between you and most of the people that you encounter on a daily basis. You can be surrounded by people and yet feel totally alone. Talking to strangers is virtually unheard of and it never feels like there is enough time to explore deeper, meaningful relationships with acquaintances. A part of you wants to reach out and connect with more people but it just doesn't feel realistic or comfortable.
Use food, alcohol, drugs, sex, excessive shopping, excessive partying, and/or other unhealthy coping mechanisms to mask your pain & suffering a keep you trapped in a never ending cycle of "just getting by" until the next false high and the inevitable guilt trip that follows.
Want to be able to share your deepest fears and biggest dreams in an environment where you know you don't have to worry about being judged.
Have a desire to "give back" and make a positive difference in this world but your not really sure where to start. You care about the welfare of other people & the planet and want to be part of the solution and not the problem but you question whether or not one person can really make a significant difference.
Want to live a more healthy & balanced life in all of the most vital areas (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental ect.) but you get overwhelmed trying to juggle all of your responsibilities and it just feels like to much work to do on your own. You wish you had some effective wellness based tools and systems in place to make it all more manageable as well as more support from people with similar struggles and goals that you could count on for guidance and encouragement.
Open minded and willing to admit that there is a lot about life that you don't fully understand. Willing to explore ideas that may assist you along the path of healing and guide you to a deeper understanding of both yourself & the world and do so in a supportive environment surrounded by other wellness seekers.
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