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Half a Shade Braver: Making a Friend of the Unknown (FR431)

      Objectives

      • Identify two current situations that would benefit from a more heartfelt participation and attention.
      • Describe a situation where they experience feeling unmoored and uncertain.
      • Articulate two techniques to respond to unknown or unfamiliar situations.
      Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything, except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world, and to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: a person, a professional future, a possibility in society, or an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. There is a unique quality that arises for human beings when we do not know where we are, a depth of experience that goes beyond our normal way of inhabiting the world. To make a friend of the unknown is to step outside the barrage of information and into your own silence, and engage in a courageous dialog with what’s emerging within you.
      Through the revelations of poetry and the poetic tradition, David will illuminate the bold, courageous, vulnerable steps to bring our hidden, interior states out into the world.