Wellness Discovery Dialogues ~
There are times when the words just don’t come easily, especially when describing our experiences to those around us — including our doctors.
Images, however, flow very easily into our minds and can help us get around barriers that are placed there as a means of protecting ourselves. Just as we once relied on images to tell a story before actual words came along, these five-minute collages are very effective in showing you those untapped gut instincts, thoughts, wishes and objectives that can help you answer your own question, without any interruption from the chaos of your days. The emphasis in using these globally-tested images is to temporarily set aside our tendency to over-analyze and to allow more fluid thinking to occur. This tool reinforces us to practice mindfulness in the moment.
These free-flowing collages are especially beneficial when it comes to addressing the concerns and uncertainties of living with a chronic illness. As patients, we hear a great deal of information regarding medical terminology, health management techniques, appointment dates and times, lab testing and results, and so forth. Our brains can become pretty burdened with keeping track of it all, sometimes leading us to feel overwhelmed, alone and unsure of how we are going to adapt to all the changes.
We are constantly bombarded with information through television, work, books, school, the internet and more. Just as our computers get locked up when we ask them to do too much at once, that circular holding pattern on the screen is what is also going on inside our hearts, minds and overall body…asking us to pause and let things catch up. These impromptu collages, using no glue or cutting anything, offer you a way to address your intuition’s ‘holding pattern’. Simply by asking yourself a question that comes to your mind, you let your chosen images do the talking for you – so that you can unlock and move forward with more confidence.
These collage conversations are not coaching or therapy, nor do they offer medical advice.
The intention, however, is for you to ask your chosen question, put together your own meanings, plans, and identify your specific needs. These Wellness Discovery Dialogues are now being incorporated into personal wellness plans through my collaborations with Naturopaths, health providers, programs, counselors, coaches and service agencies. They can provide clarification on health behavior, personal goals and improve treatment adherence ~ helping make appointments and effort more productive.
Here is what some people are saying about their connection experiences~
“I was a bit unsure what to expect during the Wellness Discovery Connection, but Maria’s patient and understanding nature put me at ease immediately. Using images made me look at certain parts of my life in a new and different way. It was encouraging to think about things that I hadn’t before, and left me feeling a bit enlightened about my future.”
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan
“I was hesitant about the process at first, but am really enthusiastic after experiencing it! It is amazing how your subconscious chooses images that answer the question so accurately without you trying.”
Co-Founder and President,
Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Center, Inc.
“I had a rough time with doctor appointments not giving me the information I was hoping for. I gave it a try and can’t believe how much better I felt afterwards. I realized that I was already taking care of myself and feel like I’ll be fine until the doctors come around. Thanks, Maria!”
Mom and lupus hero, Salem, Oregon
Hard to describe, but amazingly gentle, these sessions are offered as quick pick-me-ups or time outs to regain some direction in your wellness management. They are not designed to be on-going counseling or coaching sessions, which is why they are reasonably priced and less than one-and-a-half hours long. The more often you take part in these collages, the easier they are to use and the more you get out of them each time you participate.
Here are some ways you can take part in this amazing communication method~
- Individual Wellness Discovery Dialogues ~ $25
- Small Group Wellness Discovery Dialogues (up to 10 participants) ~ $75 (e.g. family or girls’ nights, mom’s/ play date groups)
- Live Online Wellness Discovery Dialogues ~ $35 (I will walk you through the steps before we get started and we use Skype to chat as we go)
Group Discovery Dialogues (e.g. support groups, project teams, trainings, retreats, workshops and conferences) ~ Contact me for more information.
When you’re ready to give it a try, simply email me ~maria (at) mylifeworkstoday.com~ and we will get the fun started!
Now, during January and February 2013, the online Discovery Dialogues are only $15! Take advantage of this kick start to help you get your new year defined by you~
|2013 Discovery Month|