Getting Started on the journey from me to WE...
At some point next week, we will post a thread on “Essential Practice 1 - Gratitude” (page 5), but before we can begin on the Essential Practices (read: exercises), it’s important that we prepare ourselves ahead of time.
Spend this weekend doing things that make you happy and bring you joy. Indulge yourself. Rest. Eat. Exercise. And then rest again. Be kind to yourself. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster, and it can’t hurt to mentally prepare for the journey ahead.
If you have the book, feel free to skim through it. It’s okay to start reading ahead. Many have already finished. We will work the program together, and move at a pace that feels comfortable. Some Practices/Principles might only take a week. Others might take 2-3 weeks to allow people the time they need to work the exercises with the appropriate amount of emotional support and rest. This is a journey. Not a race. WE Women are in this together.
If you want to, go ahead and read pages xiii-4. It’s only 14 pages total. These pages go into the background behind the book, as well as give you an idea of what to expect in the Practices and Principles.
Familiarize yourself with the breathing technique on page 4. Start practicing it throughout your day. Take note of how it makes you feel. This technique is used throughout the book, and is also a great preset to the practice of meditation.
You will need a journal/spiral notebook/pad of paper in order to complete the exercises. If writing in the dirt is more your style, then hey, you do you. But sometimes, it DOES call for paper for a purpose (like folding, and yes, even burning), so have some at the ready, just in case.
Be prepared to take notes and mark up your book. Get some tabs, some colorful pens and highlighters. Mark that puppy up with notes and tabs and segments that called to you. You’re gonna feel called out. You’re gonna feel inspired. You’re going to want to throw the book across the room, and you’re not going to want to put it down.
This book club is only as good as the people who contribute. So have questions and comments handy. Make a note of what segments made you feel uncomfortable, or inspired you. What scared you? What humbled you? It’s OKAY to feel these things.
You can contribute to the blog in a number of ways:
1. Use your own blog to reblog/reply/submit content/comments/feedback for the group. Give us pictures, give us moments. Again, the more people contribute, the more successful this will be (not to mention foster a feeling of support and love amongst all of us in sharing our vulnerabilities)
2. Send feedback via anon (but you are limited to a 500 character limit).
3. Send us an email with your content: firstname.lastname@example.org - This is an option for those of you who want to remain anonymous in your content. The moderators will be responsible for posting the content you email us, and we will do so as an anonymous submission.
What kind of submissions do we want? Anything that you feel is relevant to what we are discussing. Find something that inspires you? Gimme. Want to share a story with the class? Bring it. Want to tell us how this chapter is bullshit and you can’t wait until it’s over? That’s okay too. Want to tell us how much it’s changed you? Even better. WE want it all.