“A circle of women may just be the most powerful force known to humanity. If you have one, embrace it. If you need one, seek it. If you find one, for the love of all that is good and holy, dive in. Hold on. Love it up. Get Naked. Let them see you. Let them hold you. Let your reluctant tears fall. Let yourself rise fierce and love gentle. You will be changed. The very fabric of your being will be altered by this, if you allow it. Please, please allow it.”
- Jeanette LeBlanc
What is it & how is it different to a social space?
- a safe space to be seen, heard and nurtured
- is equal and non hierarchical; no-one is above or below another
- respectful as each individual holds space for the other
- purposeful; a set theme allows for purposeful sharing
- an opportunity for learning and for growth due to hearing of others experiences
- an awareness of where we are and why we are there
Whereas, in a social space we chatter and are not always aware of our surroundings. In a social space, we may be doing something else whilst we gather; we might be eating, drinking, on our phones or we may be distracted by life’s circumstances.
Also, we may be eager to help, to fix, to soothe or to give advice - which is fine to want to do that because when it comes to people in our lives that we care and love, why wouldn’t we? However, when we do this in a social space, we may not necessarily be giving the individual an opportunity to feel seen or heard.
In circle, each person shares and each other individual sitting in circle listens and holds space. There is no questioning, no interrupting, no advice - just listening. Of course, if a story/experience/feeling resonates with you, you are always welcome to share with the individual during a break or after circle.
It truly is a magical experience to be seen and heard!
Check out my blog post
In My Words - My First Women's Circle where I share my experience.
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