A Short(er) Update

If you missed my email last week, you can read it here.This week I realized one additional thing I could immediately offer with my intent to be of service that you may find beneficial:

RELATIONAL SUPPORT FOR GROUPS: Now that many of us are under stay-at-home orders, if we are not isolated alone, we may find ourselves in much closer relationship with our families or roommates, while feeling the limitations of our own agency combined with our collective stress and uncertainty of these times. As a culture, we don’t tend to know how to do groups well, and in times like these, our general lack of skillfulness in this area will likely be exacerbated. Over the last several years, group relational health has become a huge passion of mine, and I’ve studied a bunch of stuff about healthy group practices, conflict resolution and communication skills. More recently, I’ve been consulting for businesses, government agencies and community groups to help them work through conflict, communicate effectively and build healthy, vital group cultures. Since we can’t physically meet in groups for awhile, I realized I can be supportive via Zoom to groups living together, and serendipitously, a friend reached out this week to ask if I could assist with their living/work/home situation. Additionally, I plan to write and video some tips about this in the near future. But for now, tip number one: If we plant the seeds of healthy group relating now, our inevitable conflict and chaos that emerges will not only be easier to work with and less harmful, but we are also much more likely to harvest the evolutionary benefits of healthy conflict… Making our groups much higher functioning, connected and resilient. If I can be of service to you in any way in this arena or if you have any questions, please let me know. You can also find more info that is somewhat applicable on my soon-to-be-updated-for-these-times website: https://evolvingup.com/facilitation/

Because there was a lot in my last email, a summary:

CROWD SOURCED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: I wanted to seed or amplify the idea that we can crowd source financial assistance for those in need and distribute the cost among ourselves. For every single one of you on this list, please consider me on your team to help out, in general and for crowd funding.

GROUP SOURCED MINDFULNESS & CONNECTION: Meeting Mondays at 6:30pm MST & Thursdays at 11:30am MST via Zoom CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATED DAYS/TIMES Last week, I seeded the GSMC idea, we had our first three GSMC meetings this week, and I feel super grateful, nourished and humbled to be a part of it. GSMC combines mindfulness and interpersonal connection-related practices sourced from and led by our group. We co-create meetings to share and practice the benefits of mindfulness, to strengthen, deepen and nourish our human connection, and to help skillfully face and process the impacts of the challenges of these times. Meetings are: Free and open to all. No experience necessary. Invite whomever you’d like. Like physical exercise, content is universal, non-religious and compatible with and not in contrast to nearly all belief systems and religious views. More at: https://groupmindful.org/

ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT: If you’d like any friend-centric-one-to-one support/connection, drop me a line. And if you’re feeling opened up by this huge transition we are all and feeling drawn towards doing what you’ve always wanted to do (like I’ve been feeling both!), I work with folks to co-create experiences that help them get unstuck, make difficult transitions and move out of persistent patterns via one-to-one Catalyst Coaching. Especially fitting for these times, coaching is and has been pay-what-you-can. You can find more info on my soon-to-be-updated-for-these-times website: https://evolvingup.com/coaching/

May we live with ease during these difficult times.

With Love,
John

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