This exercise was adapted from content in Mujeres Al Borde’s Manual “Self-Care and Feminist Healing for Unmanageable”
Begin by explaining how, in the daily life of a woman activist or human rights defender, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by feelings of monotony, disenchantment, sadness and disconnection to overcome.
Continue by explaining that, during this exercise, participants will address those feelings they experience when they are struggling, or feel lost and without a sense of direction – they will do this by activating an energy point which, in traditional Eastern medicine, activates the desire to dream and to feel enchanted by life again.
Invite the participants to sit in a circle, either in their seats or on the floor.
Lead the group through the following steps (have them repeat this three times):
Finalize the session by inviting participants to use this technique whenever they feel the need to center themselves and push back on feelings of despair or melancholy. Talk about how it is okay to feel afraid, tired or disenchanted at times, and how everybody has felt this was at one time or another.