From Loneliness To Belonging
A Transpersonal workshop in Little Venice, West London
A weekend workshop
Have you ever felt truly alone? Or did you feel you are not like other members of your family?
If your answer to either (or both) of these questions is ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you!
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not.
The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.”
Robin Williams (1951-2014) in World’s Greatest Dad (2009)*
‘The Lonely Society’, a report published by the Mental Health Foundation in 2010, draws attention to the fact, that,
(…) lonely people often share certain characteristics: these include more of a history of loss or trauma and a childhood spent with negative, critical and harsh parenting.
Loneliness is often the core feeling that gives rise to emotions of anger, sadness, depression, worthlessness, resentment, emptiness, vulnerability and pessimism. Lonely people frequently feel that they are disliked, are often self-obsessed and lack empathy with others. They fear rejection and keep themselves at a distance, which feeds the loneliness.
(Guardian, 17/02/14, Loneliness is killing us – we must start treating this disease).
This, then, leads to people wrongly blaming themselves and feeling to ashamed to access help – so this is where sharing in our workshop is of great value, as well as investigating whether childhood trauma plays a role in the current pain.
During this two day workshop we will revisit some of our loneliest moments, investigate how they made us feel about ourselves and, through exercises, attempt to heal some of the wounds these experiences have left us with, leading to a more loving attitude towards ourselves and a more positive outlook on life.
Some of the work will be transgenerational, illuminating patterns we have assumed in our families. We will use Transpersonal Family Constellations to fully experience these patterns, and, hopefully, transform some of these to more loving ones.
Winter dates for the workshop to be confirmed.
For further information, please ring 07775520989 or e-mail info@MaidaValeCounselling.co.uk
- The workshop and our work with loneliness were the subject of the feature article in Therapy Today, May 2012. Read the article (PDF)>>
* Andrew Solomon, writing about Williams’ life and death in the New Yorker in August 2014 refers to suicide as a “crime of Loneliness”