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Daily Nourishing Reflection #2: Paying Attention, Listening and Holding Space

Welcome to day 2 of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality (IEH) series for May 2024! We’re so excited to have you with us.

Daily Facilitation Tip: Paying Attention, Listening and Holding Space with Mia Zamora

Watch this video by Mia Zamora, and reflect on what it means to pay attention, listen intently and hold space as a facilitator. When have you seen someone do that well? What about yourself?

Daily Activity: Hopes, goals and expectations

Since we’re talking about paying attention, it’s worth looking inward and paying attention to our “why”. Why are you here with us this month? What are you hopes, goals and expectations for the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality Series? What other goals do you have for May, and how might this community help you achieve it? You’re welcome to simply reflect and journal privately, discuss with a colleague or friend, or share with the community.

If you’re willing to share, you could post on the MYFest Slack, or more openly on our shared website for reflections, which does not require login (it’s called a SPLOT): You could tag these onto your introductions from yesterday.

Please remember to add your email as you post so you can get notified if others comment on it.

Daily Optional Additional Material

Here are two resources to continue in the line of paying attention

  • These safety considerations by Kate Bowles is about paying attention to safety considerations in our community building activities as teachers or facilitators. It also relates to some of what Mia alludes to in her video in terms of when participants choose to share of themselves.
  • This warm-up/cool-down activity called Spiral Journal (demoed here), and is about helping participants pause and notice how they are feeling and what they are thinking while you are all together in a session, workshop, or class.

One More Thing: Accessibility Tip: Creating Accessible Documents

As facilitators, we often send our participants documents ahead of meeting them or to use during a session, or to follow up after the session. This video gives you tips to make these documents more accessible to people using screenreaders, but they also make longer documents easier to navigate for everyone.

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This post is part of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality Series in May 2024, which includes daily emails (of the same content here) and three live sessions. To register, please click the button below.

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