While Ken and I were away on the cruise, someone at the O complained about the Qigong class. Big deal, someone does that all the time, in the same breath, someone also sang praise for it. Doesnâ€™t matter. What matters is that, when I came back from vacation, I was told by a client thatÂ â€œwe donâ€™t HAVE to do it any moreâ€ and that, â€œyou canâ€™t make us.â€
While I was away, the Qigong program at the O was changed from being a mandatory part of treatment to an optional one.
I was livid.
In a mere four days, class attendance went from 24 participants to seven.
Outside eyes, would say, yup â€” it doesnâ€™t work. No one wants to do that. I could take it personally, and say itâ€™s me , I can’t motivate, and qigong doesnâ€™t work with addiction so why bother. Besides, if we need to â€œforceâ€ folks to come to the class and they really donâ€™t want to â€” well â€”fine,Â letâ€™s just teach those who want it and not those who need it.
But, I struggle, because given the choice between having another cuppa coffee and a smoke, or standing inside yourself in the first month of addiction recovery â€” wellâ€¦ Iâ€™d take the smoke any day!
So, Iâ€™ve been thinking and thinking. Really pondering, and wishing I had Art Banerâ€™s pondering pipe as my brain is burning up thoughts.
Here are the topics – Optional? Mandatory? Privilege?
I have a story and experience for each of these. Iâ€™m working on them and will post them this week. There are positive and negative experiences to back up each idea. I have no answers and am very restless.
Stay tune as I work my shit out in publicâ€¦ again.