Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Joy Journey course 2014


Joy! Journey Course 2014… 

“Come, sit by the fire…

When being real is your priority, various parts of your life start to groove.  Your career will begin to reflect your true passion; your living room will match your values; your friends will fit your soul; and your wealth – of which there are many definitions – will start to measure up with your notion of freedom.  Sometimes the courage to be true to yourself comes in the form of an out-loud declaration, a rebellion, or a love-drenched vow.  Other times it’s a quiet conviction that we can read in your eyes.  Mighty or discreet, authenticity is the muscle that helps you shake up beliefs, policies, and restraints, and gives you the strength to do the things some say can’t be done.  Being genuine is the foundation of integrity – often inconvenient and not always painless – but the only way to go if you’re here to really, truly, fully live."  - Danielle laPorte, The Fire Starter Sessions

The aim of the course is to help you to move, gently and consistently, towards a more joyful, authentic life that expands you, softens you and colours your life more beautifully.  It's about knowing yourself better, differentiating between your social self and the more genuine self.  You will be provided with tools from Martha Beck’s Finding Your North Star to better understand how you can navigate what you think you like and what you really like; and we will provide a couple of basic practices that will set you up for the duration of this course and your life, moving forward.  

We will then address your fears and core negative beliefs and look at ways to move beyond them with works from Byron Katie and Louise L. Hay.  Brene Brown's Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection are also a big part of understanding the things that get in the way of us being BIG in our own lives.This is a big one and we will return to these again and again.

Then we will look at your environment and support systems and look to see how this can be improved using tools such as attention and we will draw on psychologist, Sue Cooper’s methods to readdress this as well as Martha Beck’s exercise.

There is homework to be done each month which you will be encouraged to practice daily and weekly which will set you up to carry the changes into your life on a permanent basis. We will look at your sense of power, anger, shame, criticism and balance that with a sense of possibility and growth.  These practices will push you out of your box and help you to address suppressed pain from the past and look forward to a re-framing of your future. You will be asked to look at long-held habits and gentle ways to shift them.

Buried dreams, wish-lists and forbidden joys will be taken out and dusted off. And all the blocks that have allowed them to gather dust.  Again, Julia Cameron will be drawn on heavily here and we will watch a short video by Brene Brown.

Sense of abundance and luxury and money issues are next and we will look at how that is reflected in all areas of your life from your cupboard to your house and beyond.

Risk, jealousy, perfectionism and your past will interfere with your dreams so these will be addressed in some really good exercises.  And then you will be asked how you can be kinder and compassionate to yourself.

You will be challenged to try new things like dancing, painting, writing and more.  

As you can see, you are going to be asked to 
look at all areas of your life and pushed out of your comfort zone often.  This course is designed to shake up your life and see what authentic next step awaits you.  Its purpose is to reveal a life that is more fulfilling for you and to set you up with a number of concrete tools so that you will always be equipped to deal with the next change and next dream.

We will meet 
once a month for 6 sessions in small groups in a nurturing, safe environment. The evening session starts at 6pm and the morning session at 8.30am soon.  I look forward to working together!

Email me on d4d@polka.co.za or comment below if you are interested in living more joyfully!

A little about me:  I am a Life-Coach, Joy-Lover, Healer-Helper, Expression-Chaser, Retreat-Worker, Art-Doer, Spirit-Connector.

I get very enthusiastic about what I am learning on my own journey!  That is how the Joy! Journey was born : to share my enthusiasm.  About different ways of thinking, new ideas, books, talks, teachings, art, people, love, life, music and all the stuff in between.

I am passionate about connection and expression and an open heart.  This is key to my own journey back from depression and anxiety.  And so is creativity and speaking the truth.  And so is being brave and vulnerable.

I work intuitively and combine any methodology that suits the individual or situation.  I believe in guidance, in love, in compassion and kindnesses… the gentle ones and the tough ones.  I trust in my knowingness and in practical solutions (I want to know what lofty ideals LOOK like in my life!).  So I treat others the way I wish to be treated.  I put together courses I wish I could go on myself and I feel infinitely blessed to do this work/play. 

 I have a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Industrial Psychology) and am a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach and Innate Healing Therapist.  I studied many other modalities on my Journey to Joy including Reiki III, LifeSkills4 Kids, AIDS counselling and others. Did I mention that I read? ALL the time.  About anything that I feel will help. And I share.  That's what I do.

Truth droplets from Brene Brown