with Lora Giorgi
Friday January 25, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$25 per attendee
As you wake up to the ways in which you have been neglecting yourself, this ritual will be very helpful. Remember the Japanese practice of kintsigu? There is a psychological concept of self- therapy that expresses this same idea. A largely unknown Polish psychoanalyst and psychologist, Kazimierz Dabrowski, who was prolific between 1929 and 1981, was friends with Abraham Maslow, among other noted psychologists. Dabrowski developed the Theory of Positive Disintegration. Like kintsigu, this theory is a paradox. Dabrowski saw value in “falling apart” and beauty in allowing ourselves and our fixed perspective to “disintegrate” for growth to occur. We don’t need to hold it together all of the time. There are moments when we may need to just fall apart. In fact, this is necessary to grow and become a better version of ourselves, according to Dabrowski.
We live in a society where the pursuit of perfection and excellence is paramount, and when we do have moments of despair or feel out of control, we experience feelings of guilt and shame. We don’t expose our vulnerabilities because it challenges society’s norm of perfectionism and the myopic pursuit of excellence. Of course we want to be the best version of ourself; however, along the way it is necessary to give ourself permission to enact radical inclusivity and hold with compassion those aspects of ourselves that are not considered beautiful by today’s standards. This self-therapy ritual is an opportunity to “fall apart” and put ourselves back together again with a realignment of values, based on our inner believes, and a renewed connection to our individual essence. The outcome is a new pathway toward a higher level of interpersonal development and knowing.
We will start the workshop with gentle meditation and reiki healing. After the reiki healing, we will then begin a ritual by gazing upon the image of a broken teacup. We will title the image after an event or experience in our lives where we felt as if we “fell apart.” In the spaces or cracks between the pieces, we will write what we learned from that experience that caused us to fall apart, and how it changed us. These are our “golden threads,” the light we have gleaned from a challenging experience. This is how we put ourselves back together after having fallen apart.
Due to time, space is limited to 15 attendees. The healing circle time will be extended to 2 hours for this special night.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing on many levels. Reiki is both powerful and gentle. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner, including altered states of consciousness and spiritual experiences. This is not a movement practice, but simply a healing gift of energy. Please come dressed comfortably and ready to relax on your yoga mat with blankets and bolsters to support you! Open to all, no prior experience necessary.