Purpose: This once-a-month group is for Psychologically-Maturing Women to get-together--to Read & Talk & Grow. The group will be grounded in books that promote an intelligent discussion about Women's Lives. Although we will discuss specific works that help create a thoughtful discussion, a real focus will be how to connect the works to our Real Lives--as Women (with Experience *being* Women). That is, we will value our own and each others' Life Experiences, and reflect on this Wealth of Individual & Shared Experience, to look for similar themes that can guide us as we live our daily lives.
Who Should Join:
If you believe, as I believe, that women can do & be so-much-more by being connected to other women, in strong relationships, and that there is so-much-more to learn from each other if we resist the kind of socialization that forces us to see each other as competitors, instead of allies, then let's chat at a meeting. My plan is to meet at a local library for the Read-to-Grow meeting, typically on Saturdays or Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., then "adjourn" to a nearby restaurant to get to know each other in a less formal setting.
What We Will Do: Read, Talk, Reflect, Connect.
How We Will Do It: Meetings, Books, Videos, Discussion, Journaling.
What is Motivating My Purpose in Starting this Group: I have a growing awareness, as I get older, of how women are so conditioned to compete with each other that we forget to experience each other--as people, first. This isn't always the case, of course, but we are taught by society, and by the reality of limited resources on a struggling planet. . .to compete with one another (from a very young age): for appearance, for affection, for (eventually) men, for economic stability (etc.). I want to see how we can counteract that, in very real and intelligent and conscious ways, over time, being patient with each other as we learn new and better ways of interrelating with one another. I have a feeling that we will need to consult some experts in our endeavor, and so I am carefully choosing works that will assist us. (This list will grow.)
Examples of Writers We Will Work With:
Dr. Harriet Lerner, http://harrietlerner.com/index.html
Dr. Brene Brown, http://brenebrown.com/
Dr. Esther Perel, http://www.estherperel.com/
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