Our group is two hours each week and participants soon figure out that we do have a set agenda that they can count on. So each week we start with a Check in/Successes/Homework which means that everyone has the opportunity to talk about their challenges. We then move on to some great topics where we might do an exercise or just have some discussion. These groups are really hands on, not lecture style at all and we really feel that the participants are the experts in their own lives.
We have a break of either 10 or 15 minutes depending on a number of factors, how many smokers we have, washroom line up, how much people want to chat and/or browse and check out some of the books in the Library. In fact, the librarian at this branch loves us and has put up a display of books on Clutter just for us and yes, we all sign out the books. It’s a great way to keep the clutter out – borrow the book from the Library and see if you really want to own it and know that you can always get it again if needed.
After the break it is time for a grounding/meditation which helps to get everyone feeling calm, grounded and centered again and ready to take on the next segment of the work we are doing. There is a lot of information given out weekly and people tend to have a lot going on in their heads as well. This exercise really helps to get everyone back together. This is intense work and we thoroughly honour the work that is being done.
So, this week was about letting go of sentimental items (something that everyone can relate to), questions to ask yourself to help with motivation (this group is very motivated), a visualization exercise and dealing with paper ( it was either paper or clothing which are both hot topics).
There may be sentimental items that you have that are difficult to let go of but you know you should because there is too much, it is in your way or it just doesn’t fit with your values and lifestyle. What are some examples and practical ways to do this? Some examples could be baby clothes, clothing that no longer fits, items that remind us of happier times or perhaps items from someone who has passed. So, we talk about how we can think of these things differently and what we can do to let go.
The questions to help with motivation are really great but it seemed that the group at this time are all feeling pretty motivated. Maybe, we need to bring out those questions at an earlier session.
After our grounding/meditation today we moved right into a Clutter Visualization which can either be very enlightening or very overwhelming for individuals. We ask that people think about a room that causes them a lot of stress and to look around and to imagine what they see and how they feel on a scale of 0 – 10. We then ask them to think about that same space but to visualize that the clutter is not gone but everything is organized and put in its place. Again, we ask how uncomfortable this makes you feel on a scale of 0 – 10. This exercise brings up some great discussion on how people would like to see their space, what activities they could do there, goal setting and more awareness of how their space impacts on their everyday lives.
Now, on to my own challenge that I set for myself this week. Maybe, I need to revisit those Motivation Questions or maybe it is a case of Time Management which is a topic for next week. Stay tuned!!
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