Group Meeting Rules

AWAKE LOVE GROUP PARTICIPATION RULES

Rules

All rules are for the benefit and protection of participants.

Leadership role

The role of the leader is to create a safe space.  The leader will protect group members by enforcing the rules.  This is for the benefit of group members and to establish the group as a safe environment to share.

Participant rules

1. Confidentiality

Participants agree to keep private conversations and information shared in the meetings.

If a participant is concerned about legal matters, or they do not feel safe, they should contact the Police immediately.

Violators of this confidentiality could be removed from the group.

2. Right to Privacy (The Stop Rule)

No group member is ever required to answer any question — EVER, to participate in any activity, or to tell anything.  While it is encouraged to share, it is not required.  It is not uncommon for participants to simply listen.

3. Feedback/Advice

Participants may not want advice or feedback.  All participants will be asked permission prior to receiving any advice or feedback.

4. Violence or intimidation

Violence or intimidation toward other group members is never tolerated. Participants must never be violent or intimidating toward other group members.  This will result in immediate expulsion or suspension.

Weapons of ANY kind are absolutely forbidden at ANY Awake Love meeting.  Violation of this rule shall result expulsion or suspension as well.

5. Alcohol and Other Drugs

Group members cannot participate in the group under the influence of alcohol or any other mind altering drugs. When under the influence of chemicals, persons do not have complete access to their emotions, or themselves, and have less control over their behavior.

If the leader believes that you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you will be asked to leave the group for that day.

Members utilizing prescription drugs that may affect their mood, please discuss this with the leader privately.

6. Exclusive relationships

Dating among group members is discouraged.  This is contrary to the purpose of the Awake Love group – which is to learn to Love oneself.

7. Gossip

Gossip and secret grudges can be very destructive in a group.  Participants are encouraged to share all complaints within the group setting.

8. Dignity

No group member shall ever be humiliated, hazed, or abused in any way.

9. Putting Feelings into Words Not Actions

Members are encouraged to express themselves with their words rather than through physical actions (e.g. hug). All members react differently to physical touch, so expressing yourself with words is encouraged.  If you feel a strong urge to communicate with hugs (for example), members shall ask for and receive permission before any hugs.  Some people may not want to shake hands either.

AGREEMENT

By attending, participants agree to be bound by them while a member of the group.

Typical Group Format

  1. Rules review (if there are new participants)
  2. Introduction / Check-in
  3. We usually sit in a circle and go around the group sharing as we like.
  4. A brief led meditation – We usually hold hands during the meditation…but it’s totally fine to not do so.
  5. Conclusion
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