Yesterday I facilitated the last session of my 11th journey through the Daring Way™ curriculum, which is based on The Daring Way, by Brené Brown, PhD. It has been an amazing program to offer, and my approach has been evolving since I held my first 8-week group in the fall of 2014. Each group of participants has brought their own life experiences to the process, and each one has had its own unique energy and focus. Every participant has shown me something new about this work, and I have been so grateful to deepen in my own learning while I support others in theirs.
Over the last 18 months I have gotten to witness people as they grow and change their lives in a myriad of ways. Group members have brought stories of starting new relationships and deepening in connection with long-term partners, of finally ending jobs that weren’t working and starting new ones that bring them greater joy and satisfaction, of going forward with starting the businesses they’d been planning for years, and of bringing healing to relationships with family, friends and partners.
In every group I have heard about the power of hearing other people’s stories and of really knowing that the people around us are struggling in a lot of the same ways that we are. Knowing that we are not alone in our struggles helps us meet the challenges in our lives with more courage and strength. It also helps us to connect more authentically with the people we care about. Most fundamentally, participants have talked about finding healing in their relationships with themselves: of building self-compassion, releasing themselves from the confines of perfectionism, and living in greater harmony with their own values.
Sending gratitude to Brené Brown for the many years of research and powerful storytelling that underpin the curriculum, to the senior faculty at The Daring Way™ who helped her to develop the program, to all the people who have had the courage and vulnerability to take part in the groups I have facilitated, and to all those who have helped participants to find their way to my practice. This work is truly my passion, and I am deeply grateful to continue to bring it to people seeking more wholehearted lives in the months and years to come!