This group is dedicated to the practice of the profound art of Circling which has taken hold in many parts of the world.
This could be right for you if:
• You're already on a path of self-discovery and have an openness both to yourself and to others.
• If you have enough self-awareness to see, feel and notice information in the moment.
• If you have a desire for connection and a willingness to understand other’s experience.
Circling is a practice that mostly happens in a group setting and simply put, is the practice of being with whatever arises in the moment in relation to self and other. It is sometimes described as a relational meditation.
There are many forms of Circling. Typically, there's one person who is leading the circle and one person whom is being circled, in the context of a group. In essence, the lead circler is exploring the Circlee's experience in a variety of ways:
• Through curiosity
•Through noticing their own experience in relation to what is being shared and authentically sharing that when appropriate.
• By attending to the moment including the shared space between the circlee, circler and the group.
As a result, each moment holds infinite possibilities and often times reveals deeper understanding of one’s self, greater connection with others and can help one to see their world view and how it may be limiting their experiences. This all takes place in a safe container and is led by trained facilitators.
The Circling Institute in Asheville is pleased to partner with SeekHealing to offer a unique Intro to Circling event on January 5 that will be in service to the community. SeekHealing is a local non-profit that serves people who are at risk for heroin overdose on the premise that the opposite of addiction is connection.
The SeekHealing program implements all kinds of creative ways to help people experience authentic connection, and we’re excited to begin including Circling in that offering. Addiction is less a disease of the individual than it is a disease of the community: a problem with how individuals within a group are relating to each other. Because of this, the events necessarily include people in recovery, current drug users, and people on medication-assisted treatment -- as well as people in longterm recovery, friends and family members of people suffering in addiction, people who feel isolated but don’t have a substance use problem, and people who don’t struggle with any of those problems but who want to be part of the solution to the overdose epidemic.
By including all members of the community like this, the event will not only serve to destigmatize addiction, it will allow people who have experience with Circling to be beacons of permission for what attachment-free connection looks like to those who may never have experienced it before. In this way, we can all be of service to each other. In the end, whether we struggle with addiction or not, we all stand to benefit from the healing power of authentic connection and Circling.
This is a donation based event. Hope to see you there!