3 Reasons to Join a Gestalt Growth Group
Do you ever stop to think about how many groups you belong to in the course of your life? How well do they operate? Is there room for improvement?
Being in life is group membership, for most of us.
All of us come from families, many go to work or study and some engage in spiritual pursuits, hobbies and activities which are performed within a group setting.
In life there is a constant tension between individualism and group membership. Every day we choose between belonging and independence, suffocation and isolation, connection and loneliness.
More and more in our western world, the choice is towards isolation and independence, which can be a glorious solitude for reflection and regeneration, but may also become a barricaded prison against the world.
I know firsthand that there are positives and negatives to both group engagement and splendid isolation. I wonder what your experience of this tension is like?
However, one thing is certain. Connection is associated with positive outcomes in mental health and life. This has been proven over and over.
So developing your skills in engaging with others, enriching your life by being more able to spend time with others, is a worthwhile practice!
If you would like to build these skills, Gestalt Group is a rich and privileged place to do it.
It is a safe container which values authenticity, growth, empathy and connectedness, conditions which create emotional growth.
Here are my three main reasons for engaging in this practice of emotional awareness and relationship development.
You will build a more coherent, stable, powerful yet flexible sense of yourself.
This provides you with a much more stable platform from which to engage with others. When you feel your own sense of self more deeply, free from past conditioning, you can self support with healthy boundaries, and make clear choices for yourself, so that others become interesting instead of threatening. Life goes from feeling like a minefield of unexploded bombs to a safe opportunity for exploration and experimentation
2. Build capacity for deep connection and resonance with others.
If you want to create warmer relationships, deeper intimacy and meaningful connection, group is a place to practice this safely. Here we are interested in communication which leads to connection rather than a staked out sense of being right. The group atmosphere fosters mutual vulnerability and the opportunity to be seen authentically instead of the facade or pertness often necessary in everyday life.
3. Experience the group dynamic in a transparent way,
where you will be invited into a shared leadership to develop group norms and rules. The group becomes a co-created system in which your voice will be heard along with the voices of others, building an experience of the group which is alive and exciting. You will take this learning back to all other groups you belong to, and engage with them in a more empowered yet democratic way.
Womens group will be commencing once a month in Brisbane on February 20th, 2019 at Bardon Hall from 7-9pm.
Your commitment is for 6 months, investment $395.
Feedback from 2018 Women's Group
Leila! I’ve just looked at my website and I feel like I’m a different person now to the person I thought I was when I last updated it. A different, more vibrant, lovely, astounding, a delight to be with person!!!. I think it was Bali and the womens support group, too, is something that hums away in the background and is just as important in my journey of healing.
What I was hoping for in group was support in my every day life and what is affecting me more deeply.
I’ve loved coming to group, noticing how I am with the women in the group who are not part of my every day life. I’ve enjoyed and found incredibly helpful experiencing and experimenting with how I do life and how I can do it differently. Hearing others stories of their life experiences touches me deeply and I feel my heart opening, have more compassion for myself and others.
I think I’m less overwhelmed by what life throws at me, feel I have more choices and am more able to engage wholeheartedly with my experiences while respecting the needs of others. I’m more aware of my need to withdraw and for that to be ok.
I look forward to more group next year!!