“How much easier would it be to make positive changes if you were supported by 5-10 others who were looking out for you?”
This is the question posed by Sarah Byrnes in an article titled “How small groups can power big change.” Her assertion is that “people don’t stay deeply involved with a movement for long if they don’t make connections with others.”
She goes on: “Historically, this small group has been called the “affinity group.” The term can be traced back to the Spanish Revolution of the 19th century. In congregations, it’s called “small group ministry.” In the women’s movement in the 70s, small groups were called “consciousness raising groups.” Call it what you want, but the basic concept is the same: you’re human, so you need support and connection. You won’t really stick with a movement that fails to provide these things.” (May 16, 2012, Yes! Magazine)
When it comes to healing and caring for our bodies – beating illness, making significant life changes through the healing power of nutrition, working through an injury, getting fit, or learning to embrace our complex emotions – it can be a real challenge to go it alone.
If you had the opportunity to join a small, close knit group that accepted you just the way you are while encouraging your growth, would that help you step into your strength and create real change?
There is a quiet accountability that comes with being part of a great group. As we practice connecting with others, it begins to feel more natural to show up and be present, check your ego at the door, hold space for others and for yourself, and be open to possibilities.
Embracing our human desire to connect is a powerful tool in creating the change you need to move forward in health and wellness.
At MovePT, we wanted to create a dynamic group program for delivering physical therapy; one that brings people together to learn about pain and healing through movement education. In MovePT Movement Labs, we encourage each other, learn from the experiences of our tribe, and stick to plans better than we would if going it alone.
Join MovePT and Dr. Jeni Gall for Movement Labs. Winter Schedule is now available on the MovePT Calendar.