The sun comes breathing fire, yet we don’t think something’s wrong with it. Thunder and lightning appear, we may even run away, but we don’t question whether they are part of nature. Yet, when anger arises, we move to suppress it, release it, meditate or heal it away. In short, we treat our anger as a pathology – a symptom of an illness to be fixed, corrected or remedied. In this workshop, we will meet anger with respect, honor, even love. We will meet it as an ally.
In this session you will learn about how and why you suppress anger by looking at your early personal story as well as social conditioning (e.g., sexism & racism). Identifying these conditionings is critical to understanding your relationship with anger.
In this session you will learn how anger builds up as a result of persistent inner criticism that goes without notice or response. Identifying these inner dynamics is critical in developing self-love and abating projection onto others.
In this session you will learn to connect with the words your anger wants to speak in order to stand up for your needs and break through co-dependent cycles in relationship. Having access to these words is critical in developing deeper relational intimacy.
In this session, you will make contact with the deeper energy of anger – a force that can become an ally in your coming out with your dreams, creativity and social identity into the larger world. Making anger an ally is critical to bringing your gifts to the world and following a path of authenticity.
The workshop will be on Zoom video conference. Each session will be recorded in case you miss a session. Each class will consist of teachings, discussion, an exercise, and work with individuals in order to deepen the learning and model depth psychological techniques in working with anger. The exercises are designed for you to meet anger somatically (in your body), in movement and dance, in sound, and in art.
David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW is psychotherapist, attorney and facilitator. He is the author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology and Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change. His latest book is You Can’t Judge a Body by Its Cover: 17 Women's Stories of Hunger, Body Shame and Redemption. About his new book, Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Bedrick celebrates 'the deep wisdom held in... hearts, minds, and bodies' of women in this powerful collection of profiles.” David is the founder of the Santa Fe Institute for Shame based Studies where he teachers and works with individuals around the world.
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