One of the ideas is to have a 20 minute meditation prior to the group meeting. This will start at 6:30 and end at 6:50. So it will no impact on the meeting, which will start at the usual time of 7pm. We will just trial this at first to see how it goes. One of the group members is working really hard to see if we can get some funds and is applying to different organisations and charity's. If successful the group will then be able to expand to incorporate some extra activities and have some materials that will help facilitate these pursuits. So watch this space for more information as this search develops. Thank you to these guys who have kindly offered to this
Also thank you to Ian who has offered to facilitate some extra meetings for folks. The first one is next Monday 21 Sept usual time at Barlow Road. Please give Ian your support and pop along if you can. These meetings will not be widely published at the moment.
Lastly I would like to share something that interested me. I did a short training course at work on customer service, I was a little reluctant to go as I didn't think I could learn anymore, as it turned I did learn something! It may seem trivial, but to me it struck a cord. It's all to do with our old primitive stone age self. When we probably needed our emotions a bit more than we do in modern life. So this is what I want to share.
Now I'm not a one for "technical terms" so excuse my terminology as I try to explain this. Apparently we have an emotional part in our brain and a rational bit. In "normal" day to day life these parts of our brains tick along together quite nicely. However, we use our rational brain a bit more when dealing with decisions and discussions, just tipping into our emotional bit every now and then when we share our opinions or make judgements. Unfortunately this all goes a bit AWOL when our emotions are heightened. Then emotional part starts to take the upper hand. So, for example, if someone does something that angers me, my emotional brain will start to dominate my reasoning. A bit like a huge waterfall, cascading a torrent of water to crash down and completely overwhelm any sense of logic. The consequence of this is that I say and do things that are completely irrational. As the water ebbs away everything is fine again and I look back on the situation and wonder why did I say that and why did I do that. Having this small bit of insight has helped me to keep that emotional bit of my brain in check. Well for some of the time anyway.
Hope the week is good to you all.