Finding yourself can be a period that is both difficult and lengthy. It often involves trying on for size a number of roles and aspirations. ~ Donald Meichenbaum
How well do you know yourself?
It seems that one of the hottest topics these days is about the importance of finding yourself! Self-awareness is indeed a road well travelled for many of us. Yet how well do we really allow ourselves to reach into every nook and cranny of our personality and pull out to explore what we find there?
We may start out on our journey of discovery quite excitedly and open heartedly but what happens when we hit the first sign of our self being a bit rougher around the edges than we anticipated? When we tease out those impatient or judgemental reactions to people and situations that happen subconsciously sometimes? Or when we feel resentful and angry about being mistreated in some way yet we don’t feel confident enough to respond assertively in many situations.
Do we quickly shove those feelings back down into that deep place inside and keep them hidden? Or do we sit with them for a while and start exploring what caused them and thinking about what we can do to work on recognising them and letting go of them in future?
Have you experienced any of these issues? If so, how have you dealt with them? Have you developed any strategies for changing bits of your behaviour that you aren’t happy with? Do you have someone you trust to talk those through with?
As chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We’re here to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s all good too.
On the fourth Monday of each month from 12 til 1pm we have a mindful activity session in the dining room of the Engine rooms covid rules permitting. You are very welcome to join us for a chat or simply to try out one of the craft activities for a bit of creative relaxation, or a few mindful moments.
If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet with one of the chaplains.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk
If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr