Resilience Space for Virus Warriors
The dictionary speaks of warriors as people who are brave, skilled and engaged in a struggle. In the weeks and months ahead we will appreciate and rely on our ‘Virus Warriors’ who put themselves at risk, to protect us, and to keep the wheels of our lives turning.
We rely on your visible and invisible support, whether it’s in hospitals, in schools, keeping food supplied, caring for the vulnerable, or collecting our rubbish. We want you to stay strong, calm and carry on. Our inter- dependence has never been more noticeable, or more important. Your wellbeing is my wellbeing.
At Amara we appreciate that there are really important practical things that matter most for you to do your work well, you need people to stay at home, your groceries to be brought to you, and time to sleep and recover. At Amara, we have experienced the power of pausing, sharing, and collectively gaining energy and hope in a safe space in conversation with others in similar circumstances. Amara offers this in service of you and your important work.
Amara is appreciated and known for the unique atmosphere we create wherever we go. We believe in a world with more care, kindness and collaboration. We hold a space for deep listening, and a space in which you can share your feelings and thoughts without judgement. Our commitment is to walk alongside individuals, groups and organisations in troubled times, supporting you to maintain your hope, strength and courage. We believe that all of us have it within us to go beyond ourselves. Our experience of working with many over the years, is that we do that best, when we are connected with ourselves and others in a kind caring environment, allowing time to reflect, react and refresh.
What to expect from the sessios
The sessions will be guided by us using Zoom, an easy to use technology requiring internet and a smart phone or laptop. We set some ground rules and principles for how we spend the time in each session which includes an agreement about confidentiality. We also aim to create an atmosphere of trust, depth facing our fears and bringing clarity and fun wherever possible.
You don’t need to prepare anything and there will be no homework! We find it is really useful for people to have a journal or small notebook and a pen to write some notes for your own reflection and gather good ideas from others. You will be asked to introduce yourself and you can say as little or as much as you want to.
The sessions will include some introductions and we will take you through a light structure for the time. There will be spaces for you to talk in groups of three or four during the time.
- We will make some notes and give suggestions of resources, readings, podcasts that you might find helpful.
- We will demonstrate some practices that help to build resilience and manage stress.
- We call ourselves Amara Collaboration and so we always try to encourage all of our work to be involving and engaging whilst also being meaningful and safe.
Virus Warrior, session outline
We start by introducing ourselves, go through the ground rules to get the most out of the session, before continuing with the React – Reflect – Refresh outline.
React is a way for us all to think about how we are feeling right now – the mix of emotions and thoughts we all carry when we stop for a few moments. We will share practices for helping us to react safely.
Reflect will offer a new practice on each occasion to help us to reflect on our situations and there will be some conversations in either pairs or threes to help with the refection – not just of our own situation but we also learn so much by hearing others.
Refresh will share the insights, the great ideas we have heard from others and commit to try out some new actions that will help us going forward and might also help others we work with.