I’m so glad youÂ willÂ be joining in as we share and support one another in the exploration ofÂ mindful practices towards greater peace andÂ wellbeing. This page looks a little long, but don’t worry. It goes by fast!
If you are not a member of Facebook, you will not be able to participate. Click here to look intoÂ signing up forÂ Facebook.
Purpose of theÂ Community.Â Growing Well Together is aÂ closed Facebook group for people to practice mindful living and self-compassionate change withÂ others. Social support can be beneficial as we learn and make changes. Whether you are new to mindful wellness practices or have been practicing for a long time, IÂ hope that the opportunity of shared practice, insights, resourcesÂ and support will be beneficial.
Privacy.Â Your privacy on Facebook is your responsibility. You alone are responsible for your participation in this online community. Please review your Facebook privacy settings to assure that they are set to your comfort-level. In general, it is advisable to avoidÂ sharing overly personal details about your life. Â Click here to learn more about what is visible to the public in a “closed Facebook group” like thisÂ and click here to learn more about adjusting the privacy settings of your personal Facebook account.
Online community is not psychotherapy, coaching or medical treatment. Community partner and Grow Well team memberÂ participation is invitedÂ to share resources and join in community practice, and shouldÂ under no circumstance be construed asÂ diagnosis or treatment of a mental or physical illness.
Guidelines forÂ Writing About Bodies and Weight. We live in a culture that is over-focused on weight-loss, dieting and changing our bodies. Social media comments, positive or negative, that reinforce our cultural preoccupation with weight, body appearance and dieting can trigger discomfort or negative experiencesÂ in ourselves and others. Please do your best to refrain from sharing comments or posts (positive or negative) focused onÂ weight loss or dieting, and certainly avoid negative comments about your body or the body of another person. As a rule of thumb, focus on the skills and health behaviors you are practicingÂ rather than making comments specifically about weight-loss and dieting. Questions on this guideline can be routed to me at email@example.com. Happy to discuss.
Advice-Giving.Â Â Unless a forum memberÂ has specifically solicited advice from the community, please refrain from giving advice. For example, if someone shares “I have been struggling,” an advice-giving response might be “you should do_X_.” A supportive response in a community of shared practice might be “I understand and have experienced something like this,Â too. I found that _X_ worked for me in case it helps you. Thanks for sharing your experience!”
Challenging or Negative Feedback. While some people view “tough love,” negative and/or confronting statements as supportive, comments in this style are inappropriate inÂ this community. Negative or otherwise inappropriate comments may result in removal from the group at the administrator’s discretion.
Kindness isÂ expected andÂ welcome. Kindness within this community is a core expectation of all participants- please be kind with one another. Also, in the background of the Growing Well Together Community is a standing “kindness challenge.” If you commit, witness or receive an act of kindness in your life, please always feel free to share it here. Each July we devote this communityÂ to nothing but kindness.
How Do I Participate?Â
How Do I Become a Community Partner?Â For each monthly challenge, I will invite folks to become Community Partners. Community Partners areÂ peopleÂ with special expertise or interest in a specific topic. Community partners take on aÂ couple of distinctive responsibilities for the month of practice:
Cost of Membership.Â This is an absolutely free opportunity. Cost is too often a barrier to shared experience with practices that can support us. That said, sustaining a community like this takes some valuable time, so once a month I will pass around aÂ “red giving box.” If the your experience in this community has been valuableÂ and you have the means, consider pitching in a bit to refill our coffers. No expectation. No pressure. Totally up to you.