“To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender towards possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart” - Rebecca Solnit.
We know it can at times feel hard to maintain hope right now. The pressures of the pandemic are wearing us down and leaving many of us feeling stretched to our limits. Plus, we’re all too aware of other personal and societal challenges being exacerbated by the current context, too.
Yet these times can also be seen as an invitation towards hope - not as wishful thinking or a denial of the severity of what’s being faced, but as a source of strength to move us forwards.
What does hope mean to you? And what role does hope play in your life? What is helping you sustain hope right now? And what actions are you able to take from a hopeful place?
Listening Spaces are a chance to come back to ourselves and practice listening to ourselves and to each other. To hear the myriad of experiences from different people and to be heard in an attentive space.
Join us for this listening space co-hosted by the Heart Movement and the Network of Wellbeing.
A Listening Space is sometimes referred to as ‘Brave Space’. Listening to others' difficulties and joys and/or sharing our own may touch on our vulnerabilities. This can be very supportive and healing, and it can also be challenging. We invite you to share only what feels ok to share - for you and others in the group - and to not to push yourself too far emotionally. If you are holding very heavy issues or trauma we encourage you to make contact with dedicated mental health support.
It’s important to know that a Listening Space is not therapy and the facilitators are not acting as therapists in holding the space.
By reading this statement, you confirm you understand your own responsibility for your mental and emotional health when joining us.