United Front: Developing Better Spoons Course
Course Background Info
Here’s some “background info” about this course to catch y’all up.
We presented on the topic of Better Spoons at the 2020 Plural Positivity World Conference — that’s a great start. It’s audio described and captioned, please let us know if you have any accessibility issues with it. (Also you can check out the free PDF excerpt from our 2010 book: SurrenderToPassion.PPWC2020)
This course ties into trauma, panic, immune systems going bonkers, inflammation, and how do we stop the cycles so we can actually live more comfortably.
We wrote a book after researching both caregiver burnout & white collar burnout named SURRENDER™ to Passion: Worried to Wonderful in 28 Days. It’s not a great book, though the concepts behind it were about 12 months ahead of the times — we published in 2010 and mindfulness was “discovered” by science in 2011. But our concepts go further into why we need presence & mindfulness, and where to go after we get to presence.
We created diagrams alongside the book and decided to omit them. We were originally writing a longer work (working title Healer in the Hotseat) with a lot more references and technical info, when we were hit with the idea for the shorter and much more practical work that we ended up publishing.
We presented the materials over the next couple years in small local workshops, and talked about it in conjunction with other works — including the chapter of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill called “Secrets of Sex Transmutation” that is often misunderstood (and definitely disgustingly misogynistic) — but touches on the underlying issue of what motivates people better than “panic mode”. By “better” we mean less harmfully.
It didn’t go far. So we dropped it, basically, until we did the Better Spoons presentation for PPWC. The underlying ideas are sound, but how to package them for spoonies? Sometimes you just have to talk about it and share it and get more feedback. That’s where we are. We need to figure out how to talk about this in a way that it’s accessible and adaptive because it’s too valuable to dismiss it.
That brings us full circle to this course. Check out the Better Spoons video from the PPWC above, and be ready to work on practical applications of how you can improve on your personal energy and motivation, as individuals and as a group. And probably be a lot healthier (in terms of distress, epinephrine/adrenaline & cortisol) in the bargain.
Panic mode won’t go away. But maybe we don’t have to live immersed in it all the time.
Good luck with the course, please get in touch if you have questions (forum, email, etc.)!