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Pukeko

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Our support group in now in its third year. Some night everyone talks non stop, and the trouble is getting everyone a chance to speak. On other times, as it is an open group, there can be all new people and no-one wants to speak at all.
AT these times it helps to have something to talk about, an excerpt from a book/ a poem/ an exercise to do, something/ anything!!!

I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread where if we find something good/ helpful in a group setting we can share it., so that other people running groups can use it too.

So Please post away- I look forward to some inspiring ideas please :)
 
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rabina

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Hi Pukeko,
I would suggest asking all to limit their time so that everyone does have a chance to talk if they wish to.
On the nights when not much is being said I would suggest "coping/dealing" methods for there must be thousands of them and don't forget the many non-verbal methods.
At every meeting ask for methods used and keep an ongoing list of them and they'll be there for everyone's use.
I thinks breathing and stretching excercises for relaxation are also good to use.
I don't know how large this group is, but you can split it up and have someone get the ball rolling if you know what I mean. Just leave it as an "Anything you want to talk about" type thing or you can pre-assign a topic to choose from for discussion like religious upbringing-always a thought provoking topic.
Softwhisperer's writings are excellent like her recent one "voice to direction." Ask for their interpretations of poems you choose.
Hey, play games for crying outloud; play scrabble, charades, cards.
If you have enough time and the weather permits, why not go for a short walk to start.
If your group is so inclined, you can have them draw/sketch.
Have dream/nightmare interpretation if anyone wants to share.
Have a survey asking what they believe the source(s) of the voice(s) are from.
Basic questions; when did it start, how has it affected your life, the lives of those around you, etc.
Helen Keller said; "the best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart." I would add to that they also cannot be heard.
Enough!!!
No, have a buddy type set-up where each person has atleast one person they can call whenever necessary.
 
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Pukeko

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Hey Rabina, thanks for all the great input.
We are trying some different things.
One week we did a yoga stretching exercise at the beginning.
Another time a relaxation exercise.
Last week we did writing down our dreams and goals.

Poems are good too.
Sometimes, you need a bit of inspiration to keep you going.
 
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rabina

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Hi Pukeko,

You're welcome and yes inspiration does keep a person going.
Good Luck and much success with your group.

rabina
 
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foska

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Hi Pukeko!
I read some posts of you and I love some things that you said, for example, like be optimist in the way to accept the voices, and love ourselfs.
I'm interested in form part of a group because I would like to share my experience, my strategies and my own knowledge about voices.
I don't know if this group is virtual.
Really nice to meet you!
Have a nice day or nite!
C ye! ;P
foska*
 
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Pukeko

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Thanks Foska.
The group I am talking about is a physical group, here in Auckland New Zealand.

I suppose that the forum here is meant to be the virtual equivalent.

Thanks for the nice comments

Regards:)
 
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