When I am in New Mexico, I volunteer at the Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility, or more simply put, the county jail. I work with women and the class is called “Stress Management.” We do a variety of activities, all focused on helping them to cope with their time in the jail and in their often very difficult lives beyond it.
In today’s session, I worked with 7 newly booked women. They arrived pretty ragged. Our opening Talking Circle helped to focus them; our Body Poem movement/meditation centered them; our story and discussion opened them up a bit. And our SelfExpression writing/drawing activity gave an opportunity for integration of what we’d been doing. They walked out smiling, steady and breathing better. I’d call that a successful morning in the jail!