After I finished university I worked for a year with a group called the Oasis Society for Spiritual Health. Oasis works with people who are homeless and newly housed in downtown Victoria BC, and support people’s spiritual and human-connection needs by offering a space to gather, share from the heart in talking circles, and cook and eat together
A poem by Mary Oliver
Earlier this week I had coffee with a friend who was telling me about a relationship struggle he’s been experiencing. He expressed feelings of shame, anger, sadness, confusion, longing – all the emotions that usually accompany a broken heart. Ones that I am no stranger to, either. After chatting for a while, he asked me what I thought he should do to help him navigate these ‘messy emotions’.
I said, be gentle with yourself.
What does that even mean? He replied. How do I do that?
Sarah Jarvis is a registered clinical counsellor, psychotherapist, & teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. This blog is a space to share practices, ideas, and experiences to heal, inspire, awaken, empower, and recognize ourselves in one another.