What can I say? I didn’t get what I wanted, but what I needed.
I was placed in a job where I learned how to create support for children in need. I saw their struggle, their needs and the behavior that came with it. I was given the skills to help meet those needs, so I did. My compassion for the broken grew exponentially. I carried more and more until I started to sink under the weight of the suffering of those around me. It got too heavy. There was so much pain. Barely able to keep myself afloat I struggled. In the midst of that struggle I met a young man with significant anxiety. Maybe I saw some of me in him. Maybe it was just the rawness of his pain. I dug in and fought to find a way to create a safe place for him. In that journey I was given the grace to not only find the way to make a safe place for him, but also to see my own humanity, and suffering and build compassion for who I am and where I’ve been. Now while continuing to work with students with needs I make it my responsibility to share my story to end the silence on anxiety and open a conversation on who we are, why it’s so hard to be human and how we can thrive in the midst of all this suffering.
At this point in my life I don’t hate my anxiety. I don’t even really dislike it. I know for many – in the midst of how anxiety can feel and it’s weight – that’s hard to hear, but there is another choice. Maybe anxiety is not what’s wrong with us. Maybe it’s what we do when we are anxious that impacts our lives. Maybe a shift in our own awareness, our perception and the things we do is enough to create some space where anxiety isn’t a monster, but rather a guide that pulls me – if I am careful – into the richness of our own experience. It’s hard to be human, but that’s not what’s wrong with me. It’s hard to be human for all of us.
My goal for these two sessions is that I can share aspects of my story, the science of anxiety and enough practical supports to facilitate an opportunity for change. These workshops are designed so that you will leave understanding enough about anxiety to make changes in your own life or someone close to you. There will be direct applications for our kids, our teens and our clients.
Session One November 7th (7 to 9:30ish)
After Session One You will leave Understanding:
- What Anxiety is
- How it Effects the Mind, Body and our Behavior (What it motivates and why that’s a problem)
- How it Starts and How it Grows
- What it Means in our Lives
- Where we Start Building Support
Session Two November 14th (7 to 9:30ish)
After Session Two You will leave understanding:
- The Connection Between Anxiety and Exercise
- The Importance of Calm
- Getting Back into our Lives
- Value-based Living
- The Importance of Connection
The sessions will take place at 20639 123rd Avenue in Maple Ridge, BC
To join us, please click on the “Contact Us” tab and sign up.
The cost is $25/session or $40 for both sessions. Payment can be made at the door.