Weeks 6 and 7 of Sumedha Sadhana were devoted to Group Therapy. There were three 90- minutes sessions each day for nine days.
In Group therapy participants had the opportunity for further healing and transformation, building on the experiences of the previous five weeks.
In the atmosphere of freedom, caring and trust that the group provided, participants were helped to face their emotional brokenness and their fears, their dysfunctional defences and their unhelpful patterns of living and relating, and to move toward greater healing and wholeness by adopting and practising healthier attitudes and behaviours.
Dr. Jose Parappully SDB, Dr. Johny Padinjar and Sr. Maria Goretti Kanakarathinam FMM facilitated the group process.
Participants found the therapeutic processes followed very helpful. Some comments:
“Group therapy helped me to walk bravely into the unknown and discover my dysfunctional behaviour and realise my own strength too.”
“Group therapy helped me to reflect and find out the dark areas of my life. It helped me especially to understand and deal more effectively with my feelings.”
“It has brought me out of shame and has given me respect, dignity. I no longer feel I am a victim, but a survivor”
“It was useful to understand my life and how to improve it. It gave me clear insight as to what I have to do to live life joyfully.”
The day following the conclusion of the Group Therapy, the participants had a day to relax together as they went on picnic to three of the major lake areas around Nainital – Naukuchiatal, Bhimtal and Sattal.