Ahhh, habits. When they’re good they’re very, very good and when they’re bad… you know the rest. Different habits are performed by varying Inner Selves and often conflict. One common example is at 5:30am your WorkOuter, a practitioner of good habits, has to contend with the hangover your Partier caused the night before. Another example is your Responsible Self is saddened and appalled by having to pay $450 worth of late fees because your Inner Martyr lent a friend money who still has not paid it back. One way to get out of a rut is to cultivate creative parts of you. Choreographer Twyla Tharp wrote an inspiring book called The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. And in Long Life: Essays and Other Writings Mary Oliver, poet extraordinaire writes how habits shapes our inner lives. Learn Inner Voice Dialogue starting this Thursday, March 5, 2015 in NYC – see workhops page for all the details.
I am looking forward to teaching Inner Voice Dialogue again and am excited that one of my favorite reference books that I assign to all my participants, the 312-page tome of wisdom by Miriam Dyak, is now on Kindle! The Voice Dialogue Facilitator's Handbook, Part 1: A Step-by-Step Guide to Working with the Aware Ego
Absurd good news is a concept championed by Colin Wilson and can be thought of as blissful moments and flashes of sheer delight. So, here’s an absurd good news flash to keep the bliss burning – especially as Valentine’s Day fades away. Don’t stop eating that dark chocolate as bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries, help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun-induced damage.
For the third time I am honored by an invitation to be a Hermitage Resident and present Inner Voice Dialogue & Dreamwork to the staff at the Omega Institute – April 2015.
I just committed to returning once again to Boulder, Colorado to be part of the Voice Dialogue Convergence this October 8-11, 2015. I look forward to mixing it up with this inspiring group of diverse practitioners from around the globe. We will explore many things, including the evolution of Voice Dialogue using the forms of Open Space, Conversation Cafe, Group Sharing and Morning Dream Groups.
It was a privilege and honor to deepen my personal and professional Voice Dialogue practice through two facilitations with Sidra Stone. She is a masterful virtuoso who continues to be a consummate role model. My Inner Poetess emerged and shared something written a long time ago. Here’s a taste:
after a long journey
from earthen roots to dried brittleness
The cracked masks
Fossilize into the present
Outer shells piercing gentle
through the airways
But only faintly
It was a wonderfully enriching experience to visit the co-developers of Voice Dialogue, Hal and Sidra Stone. Their retreat in this beautiful section of the world – Mendocino, California – is designed to support contemplation, incubation and creativity at “the edge of the world.” And who else was there, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time? Robert Stamboliev, Director of Voice Dialogue World in the Netherlands. There also were deer, llamas, cows, dogs, otters, turkey, sea lions, dolphins and many different birds all under the wolf moon who traversed the sky every night in conjunction with the planet, Jupiter. Magical.
Fran Sorin, my good friend and I celebrated the launching of the 10th anniversary of her book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening by enjoying a dream come true. We have wanted to work together for years and we got our chance to co-create and lead our inaugural workshop at the Expressive Therapies Summit 2014! Guided by Wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of beauty is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete," we integrated using Inner Voice Dialogue through the sensorial medium of planting – highlighting different elements, which in turn activate different aspects of ourselves.
This week I am exploring resilience in our first hybrid workshop combining Voice Dialogue with the wisdom of my friend, Fran Sorin who is an expert in unearthing creativity through gardening at the Expressive Therapies Summit...
Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW is proud to announce her NEW LOCATION in the Film Center Building:
630 NINTH Avenue (near 44th Street), #212, NYC, 10036