The Facebook event page for theMajo Affirmative Poetry class starting on February 6 is at https://www.facebook.com/events/533606953790506.
I offered this poem at Jubilee today. The video for it is at https://www.facebook.com/JubileeCommunity/videos/378230682939392/
There are at least four reasons for learning to create and offer Affirmative Poetry:
- Maybe the greatest source of human pain is not knowing who we really are.
- The most powerful way to be woken up from the sleep of not knowing who we really are is to have someone in front of us reflecting the full truth of how beautiful we are.
- Most of us are good at blowing off affirmations – even really strong ones. They will have more chance of really landing – of having a powerful impact – if they come in some creative package: dance, song, drama, poetry/poetic expression, etc.
- In the process of creating affirmative poetry/poetic expression for others, inevitably the positivity of that act attaches to us. It may actually be impossible, as my therapist used to say, to give a genuine affirmation to someone else that is not also true about us.
Affirmation – the right nice thing said at the right moment – has big power to help people wake up and see their own beauty.
Poetic expression – saying things in interesting, fresh or beautiful ways – can better get through to people.
I will be teaching you ten keys for this kind of poetry, which will make it much more concrete – and help you to really know and understand what you are doing. We will also play a lot and have fun.
“Ten keys for Affirmative Poetry – and for life. Learn them in one class – practice them for life.”
The class will run Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30: February 6, 13, and 27 and March 6 and 13 – skip February 20. It will happen at Jubilee (46 Wall St.) and is open to all. (Ask me about my exciting storytelling on Feb. 20.)
Free intro session Monday, 2/4 at Jubilee – to try it out and answer your questions.
Suggested Donation of $20 per session, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-582-9822 or here.
Ground yourself in your body
Let go of expectations
Don’t assume anything
Be open and receptive
Affirm yourself and your subject
Come from a positive frame of mind
Why do people so often cry tears of relief or gladness when they hear the poem?
Why do they look at you with soft eyes, like they have always been waiting for you to come along?
Why do they so often say things like “That was perfect!” or “You know me so well!” or “How did you know that? I didn’t say that.”