This group offers transformation. It comes through a process of self-reflection. We begin with the subtle work of getting grounded through meditation. Then I read a poem. This poem holds the experience of each individual. As you reflect on how you respond and react to the poem you begin to reveal to yourself your inner workings. When you slow down your experience to how you feel emotionally, what you experience physically in your body, and the thoughts you make of the experience, you start to see in real time how you shape the world around you. After each poem there is a time for reflection and sharing. This is valuable because at once you see there is nothing objectively more true about your observations than another. With this flexibility and acceptance, you gain the ability to hold your thoughts more gently. You have an opportunity to not "buy into" the story, but rather witness it. And from this more distant perspective you can ask yourself. How does this reaction function? Does this reaction serve me? How does it serve me? We are smart creatures. We wouldn't have a reaction if it didn't benefit us in some way. The question is, "Is the reaction in alignment with what I want for myself? What other responses are available to me?" All this is open for discussion in the conscious conversation that follows each poem. We all speak to our own experience. We practice acceptance, nonjudgement, and consciously listening to others, and we do it in community. I have a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, and I hold the space of acceptance and help you see what arises. I use spiritual poetry from various faiths. Poetry uses words to point beyond the simplicity of words to concepts that give us a sense of belonging in a bigger picture. I often use the poetry of John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz and Mirabai to name a few. People report feeling more grounded, gaining insight into their thought patterns, and having less stress. Class runs for 1 hour, and is $15.