On December 25, 2011 (in this hemisphere) starting at 1 PM US Eastern time (New York) we will be having a special event for people who might otherwise be alone. We ask you to join us.
There will be a pre-recorded talk by Tom Costello titled, “The 12 Stresses of Christmas and Other Holidays.” The theme of this talk is to acknowledge some of the commonly experienced stresses and considering different viewpoints to reduce some of that stress.
You don’t have to wait until Christmas Day to listen to the recording. You can download it here or listen to it on your computer with the player just below.
Tom will be asking you to do some drawing so he created a hand-out to help you do that. Get it first and print it!
At 2:15 PM Tom and Mary Ann Costello will be having a live call that you can join by telephone, Skype, and through the internet. The length of this part of the call will be at least an hour and perhaps more, depending on the attendance and how much interaction we get. This is not our Thursday night “Q & A” but an open conversation between a loving family. This is a place for sharing by the people attending, albeit if someone needs to ask a question, we will try and answer it!
The theme of this portion of the interactive event will be “Opening Our Gifts”.
A typical Christmas morning can be the process of getting or not getting the gifts we wanted. Today, however, we will focus on the gifts we have already received in our lives from the main ‘gift givers’, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, spouses, daughters, sons, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, mentors, teachers, and others.
It is our choice to look for experiences in our lives that we can appreciate and which have before and can again instill gratitude and joy. Since most of us want more feelings of gratitude and joy, on this day, we will focus on re-living those experiences and fond memories.
The plan during “Opening Our Gifts” is to recall and speak of the times our growth was supported, we were nourished in some meaningful way such as someone showing confidence in us, how someone helped us heal from a deep hurt, protected us from a lie or threat that would have distorted our sense of self, when our needs were met in kind and gentle ways, and more.
This is not a discussion of “toys I have received” but rather a round-table discussion/free-for-all about the inputs from others that have added value to our lives, our sense of our own Identities, and our willingness to do the same later in our lives.
Another way of putting it is, the gifts are when we were connected to the energies of other people and we felt more secure as us, more willing to create good in the world.
Since we anticipate a full call, we suggest you ‘prepare’ a brief description of the gift you want to share with others on the call. Please also be prepared to talk about the givers of the gift and the value you received from it. Who nurtured you? Who taught you the values that have helped you survive and thrive?
This will be a wonderful experience for all of us.
Here’s how to dial in/listen to the call:
Primary dial in number: (941) 926-6155
Secondary dial in number: (757) 201-9725
Pin code: 060310#
We do expect a LOT of people on this call so dial in a bit early if you want to listen on the phone. If you cannot get in, there are instructions on how to listen through your computer and yes, you will be able to ‘talk’ (not out loud but through the question box) on the internet.
This is free, no strings attached! That means we are NOT collecting your names and e-mail addresses so there will be no e-mail reminder unless you are already registered as a Free Member. So, if you aren’t registered and don’t want to register, bookmark this page and put this on your calendar.