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Welcome to our meeting (3rd Wednesday of each month). This event's topic will be guidepost #4 - Cultivating Gratitude and Joy; Letting go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark. This group exists to create community and conversations about empathy, vulnerability, shame, and wholeheartedness. This is a place to show up and let yourself be seen. We're eager to have individuals or every age, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation to develop empathy towards one another. We will be going through the topics from the Gifts of imperfection. While, there is no requirement to read the book, it would be helpful to review them if you're able. There will be conversations in the larger group setting and then we will break up into smaller groups to go deeper on these topics. We believe that there is incredible power in owning one's own story and practicing empathy towards others. Empathy Empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and instead of judgement, really trying to understand where they are coming from. What is like to be an elderly person, African American woman, or a homosexual man? We need to hear these stories! One amazing thing about empathy is when we really hear, understand, and express empathy to someone else, we get it empathy and a feeling of self-worth back to our self. Shame Shame is universal and all humans capable of connection deal with it. It’s the feeling that there’s something wrong with me and I need to hide it from others. The less we talk about shame, the more power it has in our lives. When we talk about shame, it loses its power over us. Vulnerability Vulnerability is not weakness. It is showing up and allowing yourself to be seen. Vulnerability in the right setting can lead to a lot of healing from shame and allow us to live a more wholehearted life. We hope to create a safe space where vulnerability is expressed and met with empathy and understanding. When this happens, it allows each of us to own our own story and experience more worthiness as a person. Group Norms We want you to share! Learn to see others and let yourself be seen Intended to be private/confidential. We ask that others respect that but we cannot control what people say/do. This is not therapy and we may limit sharing to hear from others. No advice giving, especially in the group setting. If after a meeting you’d like to share something from your story you think might help, ask permission. Location and Parking - We will be meeting in the private room at Urth Cafe in Pasadena (South building). This is a free event but we ask that everyone buy a drink or food to support the venue. There is free street parking on Madison or Green St.