There was a slightly smaller crowd than usual at the meet-up last night but I’ll blame that on the Easter holidays rather than the subject matter in hand.
The theme was forgiveness and Becky Walsh created a very safe space for this emotive and powerful topic. The room was set up with a small inner-facing circle within the larger group circle with the idea that when people were moved to speak, they did so from the inner circle. As a group we created our talking stick by tie-ing multi-coloured ribbons on the stick that were to represent people that we’d not been able to forgive yet.
Becky then began with a beautiful speech by Desmond Tutu about forgiveness, and if anyone should know a thing or two about this then it’s him. The speech was insightful and inspirational, discussing how forgiveness can be the best thing you do for yourself as it enables you to grow and not be forever shackled to the perpetrator.
But I was also deeply touched by the bravery of the group in exposing their vulnerabilities and issues on forgiveness and I couldn’t help but feel a wave of love towards everyone. I guess this is testament to Becky’s facilitation that everyone felt safe and free from judgement.
Some of the ribbons were removed or loosened by people as they spoke and at the end we broke the stick to signify the breaking of the bonds that had been holding us back. This was a little more serious than usual meet-ups but very worthwhile and I’m glad I went.