Tuesday we spent the day practicing a large group circle of support. The basics of the circle experience are #1. Meal preparation and sharing the meal. #2. Discussing the purpose and principles of how a circle operates and why. #3. Sharing our first name ( no labels), where we call home, and our “New and Good”. (“New and Good” is a way of focusing on the positive and good in our lives.) #4. Expressing the Wants, Needs, and Offers of the group. (Sometimes this leads to learning experiences the group plans for the future.) #5. Have fun together.
This is not a period of preparation for some main event. This is the essence of building relationships.
We also witnessed a member developing a dream path. This positive action oriented activity is usually done in a small group consisting of one facilitator who keeps the momentum going in a positive and action direction. This person may ask questions but will not lead the questioning in a particular direction. In addition, a scribe is there record this path in words and pictures. There is a diagram one follows to record this plan. Also the dream path participant may ask other family members, friends, or circle of support members to participate.
The elements of a dream path are: The DREAM is specific aspirations of the individual long term. The GOALS is a list of one or two concrete positive steps the person plans to make in the coming year. The NOW is a list of foreseeable challenges at this time. The PEOPLE TO ENROLL is a list of people in your network to help you meet your goals. The STRENGTHS is a list of all your personal assets you have going for you to meet your goals. The TIME section lists exact time deadlines the person sets for themselves in the next month to take the steps toward meeting the goals. It is a to do list. The ACTION section includes steps needed to proceed toward the goals without an exact time table.
The Dream Path was for Mama Lynne who is a soon- to- be, 54 -year- old college student working on her first degree. She has a grassroots non-profit, sharing sustainable living social enterprise development skills with women especially mothers. She is looking for opportunities with communities to bring this to their area. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and view her products on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUIkCpzEkwg
We were invited to a movie pizza party in the evening. The movie was called Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work using microloans in India to help people living in poverty. We recommend you checking it out.
“Human beings are part of the whole called by us ‘the universe’. We experience ourselves as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This is a kind of prison for us restricting us to our personal desires and the affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein