I was delighted to be the recipient of a Zoom-subsidizing grant from ORNCC for my pandemic-time online practice group. Thank you, ORNCC Board!
We have met on Friday afternoons, 2:00 to 3:30, since the start of May. We’ve grown to 11 of us, and average four to six at each meeting. Thanks to the magic of tech, we beam in from Toronto to Santa Barbara, Michigan to Portland, as well as Corvallis and Salem. We start with a Quieting and a reading, and then a brief, lightly guided check-in. Anyone wanting some time for an empathy circle can then ask for it. I coach us along the way, and also share some of my teaching handouts and other resources, in emails.
One of our members, K, sent me this note:
“I would be happy to let you and anyone else know how much I appreciate learning about NVC. Though NVC is a brand new concept for me, I am thrilled that the Empathy Support Circle group is satisfying my need for hope and safety. I have met new and interesting people who have listened, and been respectful when I needed to cry. I knew I was being heard, understood and accepted by their insightful 'guesses' about the feelings and needs I was able to present, although my manner was very clumsy, indeed! :-) I did not know what to expect, but was quickly reassured during the very first meeting.”
We’ll keep meeting at least through the end of July, and are open to new members anytime. Donations to support my efforts are appreciated. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know! Tina@EmpathyEverywhere.org, 541-753-2255.