Forethought Thursday – 20190912

Happy Thursday!

Here’s a weekly dose of forethoughts; four ideas I’m believing may benefit our future. Thank you for being a close friend of mine and interested in this content! I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you like and what’s useful to you, and even more importantly, let’s stay connected. You all rock! Sending you each love. 

Gifting (one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man): The way gratitude is shared after receiving a gift at Burning Man made a massive impact on me. People shared such joy after biting into a peach that we had hand picked from an orchard. The gratitude the psychedelic peer support sitters shared with me after I had served as a team lead and I did my best to provide them balance, calm, and connection during their volunteer experience. I’m incorporating ways to continue gifting in my life and also increasing the gratitude I feel and share after receiving a gift. What are gifts you’ve received or given that have made a massive impact on you? How can we incorporate the felt experience of gifting into our daily lives?

John Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research: Psychedelics, a medicine traditionally used for it’s healing properties for probably close to 5,000 years, has now gained enough science research for donors to contribute $17 million, including Tim Ferriss, to support “psychedelic medicine” gain a long-sought foothold in the scientific establishment. The article has some great stories in how it’s impacted people. 

Quote I’m pondering: “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite powers of our light” by Brene Brown. Our society seems to be significantly more adept at supporting the healing of those that have been harmed, while having less know-how to support those that have harmed or are thinking about harming others. I’ve recently embarked on some journeys to heal the parts of me that have harmed others. It’s been intense work, and I connected to some dark places in me that felt completely powerless and in darkness. I also felt a connection to the void that people who’ve caused a lot of pain to others may be in. Exploring and healing our darkness may be some of the most important work we can do.  

3 Group Therapy Check-In Exercises– This is part of my 12 subject series I’m releasing on group therapy skills. If you’re a therapist looking for additional group therapy tools or an individual wanting to build emotional fitness, check out these three videos on exercises for when clients appear “challenging”: 3 Chair, Free Will, The Work by Byron Katie


What I’m Doing Now (with thanks to Derek Sivers)  

After Burning Man, I was able to spend a few days near Crater Lake integrating what my partner and I wanted to take away from Burning Man. I’ve discovered that after peak learning opportunities, such as therapist trainings, personal development workshops, or events like Burning Man, when I’m able to take several hour to a day or two to reflect upon and write about the experience it seems to substantially benefitting my life years later. When I immediately jump back into a busy work and life schedule, I seem to not remember what I learned from these experiences. When possible, taking the time to reflect and integrate these experiences may deeply enhance growth. 


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