We just concluded Day 1 of the Retreat. Here are some themes how the group moved from Phase 1 to Phase 4 of the day through mindfulness practice. These word clouds were constructed from one word/phrase response from the participations at different points of the day. We had incorporated a silent reflection/silent sharing to return to between activities and meditative practices.
In Phase 1, the dominant theme was one of separation and loneliness. I’m alone, but I don’t have to be.
Phase 2 saw participants open, relaxed, grounded, soften and refreshed.
Phase 3 saw validation of and gratitude for resilience already present in us.
Phase 4 saw more alignment and centered on self acceptance and gratitude.
Looking forward to Day 2 tomorrow.
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My research, practice, and teaching is centered on radical change for a better world – both outer and inner worlds. Radical change involves challenging the taken-for-granted fundamental assumptions about our mental models, organizational priorities and social systems. I use mindfulness and contemplative engagement as a methodology for generative change. I am a professor at the New School in New York City.