Yesterday’s Women’s workshop at JAFAREC was attended by six participants and six online participants. The theme of the workshop was “Who I was a year ago and who I am now,” and the idea was to look at the changes over the past year.

Each of us has had unexpected things happen to us, and circumstances have changed, but no matter what the circumstances, we have accepted the changes and responded to them as opportunities for personal growth.

To be able to accept the situation as one’s own problem and change oneself to end the problem, instead of resisting the change, shifting the problem to someone else, and trying to control someone else, which is the normal process in the world, a good degree of self-trust and self-affirmation is essential.

However, it is not easy to increase this sense of self-affirmation. That’s why, in my workshop, I don’t stand in the position of teaching or guiding, but rather I am involved in the workshop from a non-powerful standpoint of growing and learning together.

Most of the participants said that they feel happier than they did a year ago, despite various things happened, and I really appreciated their growth.

After the workshop, we had udon for lunch and chiffon cake for dessert.

Originally posted on December 10, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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