Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter
Another interesting conversation cafe this month in Seattle. Our little conversation cafe community is gaining recognition and numbers, with interest from local radio and a steady stream of people joining the Meetup group. Coffee and tea houses are now asking to become permanent hosts - yay! A second facilitator has joined me, so we will be able to host two conversations each month - both on the same topic, but in different parts of town. Would love to hear from local World Cafe Community bods who might be interested in facilitating...
The Jan 2010 topic was: How do we bring joy into our lives?
Questions for reflection circulated previously and at the event:
1. Is there anything you can identify in the joyful people that you know (yourself included!) - an attitude, activities, family or social
life - that you think is a key contributor to their joy? What is the key to joy
and happiness - money, love, a social life, a roof over our head and food on
2. How do we attract joy? Do we wait for it to happen to us, or do we seek it out?
3. Once we have joy, do we have a moral obligation to pass it on to others; if so, how? Is it possible to move through conflict and get to joy?
Full group feedback
Differences in the way individuals experience joy:
Joy is everywhere – you
just have to see it
Being in the zone of joy;
everyone has their own zone, some have higher levels of joy, some lower
People’s expectations of
joy differ – some have higher expectations, some lower
We are the average of the
10 people we spend most of our time with, therefore it makes sense to spend
time around those people that fulfill us the most or give us the most joy
You need to know yourself
in order to know what makes you feel joy
Characteristics of joyful people:
Seem to have a sense of
Young children – do what
they love, exploring, learning
Money and security
contribute to feeling joy
color:black"">· Love to give
We want to feel good –
having the feeling of doing good makes us feel good is intrinsically selfish
Have a balance in all areas
of their life, and in their emotions; you can have different emotions happening
at the same time, e.g. joy and sadness
What to do to ‘get joy’:
Connect with yourself –
e.g. through conscious breathing
color:black"">· Be true to yourself
color:black"">· No regrets
color:black"">· Give more than you take
Teach yourself how to
“re-see” (glass half-full rather than half-empty, attitude, appreciation)
Being mindful, being in the
moment, is the key to joy
Joy = comes from being
Happiness = comes from having
Is there an opposite to joy? Despair.
Re moral obligation – how much should you share? If we have an abundance, then we have a moral obligation to share joy; exchange societies were mentioned.
(A hard copy of this report is attached)
I live near Seattle and was wondering how often you host these conversations and whether or not i could attend one??
Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately, I 'retired' from running these convo's over a year ago.
All the best,
Oh, bummer, okay well thanks anyways! lets hope for some PNW sunshine!!