Four days into an intensive seminar-workshop I enrolled in, my brain is bursting with information, ideas and affirmation—yes, that feeling you get when you learn new things, see yourself in a different light and realize you are not alone or that you did something good.
Relatives and strangers
I spent the past few days with people of all shapes and sizes, genders and persuasions. We laugh, cry, pray and share intimate information about ourselves as if we've known one another like family.
Every morning, we talk about feelings and reactions to what we learned the previous day. We will soon be sharing information about parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I look forward to discovering how relatives may have affected me.
Two decades ago, my husband and I actually enrolled in the two-year regular version of this course. Unable to complete it, I grabbed the opportunity to enroll in this workshop instead. Though it was hard work, it felt good as we were constantly affirmed as persons. I will forever be grateful for that experience as I am with what I am now going through.
It is as fascinating today as it was then. We were introduced to a new way of looking at things, a very positive attitude towards life and new meaning in rituals. Theories, frameworks, methods, modes of treatment— all these mean there is hope, hope for a world entangled with complications arising from feelings and emotions we usually push away and bracket off. Yet, many behaviors, reactions and even convictions flow from these, even if we believe we have put them away.
To discover that feelings and emotions are important has been liberating. To learn what such feelings and emotions indicate and what one can do about them is empowering.
Almost halfway through the workshop, I still feel giddy and excited about what I learn each day. It has been a journey of self-discovery, of hope, of positive thoughts and a world of beautiful people, each of whom has his or her story to tell.
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