Welcome to our October Newsletter.
How are you preparing for the upcoming winter? Here in the UK and the EU, the energy crisis is starting to kick in and supporting our clients requires additional layers of collective and self-care. I am spending the last quarter of this year re-connecting with as many local and international thought leaders of mine as I can. I am checking in with them. I am reaching out to set up a virtual coffee meet or just say hi. I am also putting aside other tasks to make time for in-person walks and coffees.
The more I do this, the more I realise just how grateful I am for the people who support my work and lean in to patiently call out my blind spots and move my liberation practices to the next level. It is such a learning journey, which, I am not going to lie – is not always comfortable. In the last two weeks alone, I practised the wise words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing each day that scares you”. I have grown so much and feel more connected with my core, my authentic self.
So I hope you can wrap up in your safe tribes and nurturing connections to face a colder and more challenging winter, not feeling alone, abandoned or silenced – but understood, listened and supported. I wish you all that from the bottom of my heart.
At Voxel Hub, I am incredibly proud to show you the results of the few months of our work on a campaign very close to my heart – the promotion of UN Sustainable Goals and responsible standards for the future of health, AI and renewables. As a conclusion of this work, last week, we supported the G20 International Standards Summit with live-streaming and communications support. You can now watch the entire event on the website.
You can also still book discounted tickets for £3 and attend or watch later my liberation psychologies course at the Iron Mill Counselling College. The course is open to all professions, people who host refugees and want to explore their own idea of otherness, othering and displacement. Please check it out below:
- Thu, 24 November 2022 09:00 – 11:30 GMT – bit.ly/liberationpsychology
- Fri, 25 November 2022 18:00 – 20:30 GMT – bit.ly/liberationpsychology2
I hope you can spend this time resting up and preparing for colder winter months in your tribes, collectively and with all the support you may need.
My favourite topic this month
This month I am practicing Nature Connectedness from home, over the winter months, through the following inspirations:
If you have any ideas on the topic, please let me know! Thank you!
This week I am starting my own reflective work on the fluidity of various states of our nervous system with the help of the recently published Polyvagal Card Deck: 58 Practices for Calm and Change. I love the simplicity of this theory and, as a liberation practitioner, wonder just how much of this approach we all follow intuitively.
The core idea of the Polyvagal theory is that we have three states of our nervous system (ventral – thriving, sympathetic – flight or fight and dorsal – shut down). All of those states are useful and may need to be shifted too. The cards contain simple exercises on various aspects of those states.
Those cards are a fantastic tool for the personal development of any professional working with co-regulation with their clients. Below is a short visualisation of how the theory works for trauma recovery.
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