Self-care for women activists in El Salvador
Focusing Trainer Heazel Martínez gets together twice a month with a people she met in a feminist study group, to practice self-care for women. They have made a commitment to a year-long training in the elements of Focusing and Empathic Communication.
“Just arriving here, the air is different…”
At the beginning of a recent meeting, they sensed into their bodies, and expressed what they felt in drawings. These were some comments:
“Just arriving here, I feel the air is different–because this is a place where I can take care of myself and just be. I feel peaceful, calm and open to myself and my feelings.”
“I have used what I have learned here many times during this very difficult week. Here I can talk about how I feel. As a result, I know that I am not ONLY anger.”
“I was counting the days until I would be here again. I notice hatred and resentment in me. However, during the attunement I imagined a place with a lot of plants and that helped me breathe better.”
“I am learning not to be trapped in duality. Instead, I see that what can be seen as “bad” is part of me, and I can embrace it, seeing good and bad as part of a whole.”
Finally, they all practiced the Revolutionary Pause, allowing themselves to notice their thoughts, feelings and needs. They ended the morning by drawing pictures in pairs.
Self-care for women means company, sisterhood, love, self-expression, listening
After that, Heazel asked “What did you find valuable or meaningful about our time together?” These were the answers:
- Company, listening, sisterhood.
- I feel understood, loved. I feel strong. It’s rewarding to express what I feel. Thank you!
- Listening to someone in silence.
- Being listened to with attention and acknowledging my feelings.
- Learning how to discover my feelings and needs.
- Empathic listening.
- Feeling free to express myself.
- Listening to the experiences of the other women. Being listened to without interruptions.
- Learning to listen in silence and acknowledging the feelings of other people.
Heazel says: “At the end of the morning some of us were moved to tears of gratitude for this shared space for self-care. tenderness, support and listening.”
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