In a few days I'm going to be voluntarily delivering an Innate Wellbeing workshop at a homeless shelter. In preparation, I thought it would be good to spend some time at the shelter, acclimatizing myself to the people and the environment. I really had
no idea what thoughts and feelings would present themselves to me while working at the shelter, and so I wanted to find out. I volunteered for several shifts at the drop-in centre where the clients come for coffee and meals and a place to hang out during the
The first shift was a really great experience. I thought I would feel mostly nervous and awkward, but it was unexpectedly a lot of fun. Many of the clients came in with some life behind their eyes and so there were some opportunities
for connection and lighthearted banter and teasing. Other clients came in with some level of pain or lostness or anger or look of desire to just hide away from the world, and so the connection we made through our eyes was more limited, but the connection or
awareness was still there in some way.