November 7, 2011

What good is a room full of PWS?

Yes, that is a valid question from a novice. Unless there are some EXPERTS, what good is meeting each other? How would National conference help me, a stammerer speak better? To answer this frequent question, we share a private feedback from a participant of the recent Delhi workshop. This is just an inkling of what a bigger conference can achieve- with YOUR participation.
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Hi Doc,
Delhi workshop was a wonderful experience for me; for all other attending TISA members too, I guess.

I would like to raise some of the improvement aspects (regarding the workshop) puzzling in my mind… but, only after sharing the long list of positive points.

Now coming to the actual workshop content, having attended a communication workshop earlier this year at chandigarh, being facilitated by JP, I enjoyed most of the familiar activities, carried on from the chandigarh workshop.

Going outside with TISA banner & posters (pasted on shirt n trouser) was a new experience, quite exciting actually. The company of TISA members throughout this activity made it a wonderful experience, which, might had been a terrible experience if I would had to do it alone.

Seeing India Gate sparkling in artificial lights was a wonderful experience. I always enjoyed traveling in metro whenever I get a chance. Meeting with some wonderful youngsters who listened to us patiently & agreed to help us creating awareness about stammering was a healthy dose of positiveness for me.

This opportunity of getting connected to more than 20 members, having a blend of new members & old ones including yourself, JP & nitin; students as well as working people enriched me with a whole lot of new observations about stammerers.

Some of the incidents have a deep impact on me. I think they are going to make significant changes in me with time. Your words “if you feel pain for someone else’s stammering, it means you have not accepted your stammering yet. You still feel pain for your own stammering.” True words!! Actual acceptance will be accomplished only after draining all the pain of stammering.

Nitin’s words “a severe stammerer like me can’t hide my stammering by any means. So what is the point of any efforts to pretend to be a fluent speaker” What a genuine & straight forward point!!!

I am trying to re-discover my lost genuineness & innocence that I used to carry in my childhood towards my stammering so that I can rise above my fear of stammering.

Now I would like to mention some suggestions/improvement points which we may refer in our forthcoming workshops, considering atleast a 3 days workshop.

We must put more focus on meditation part, stammering being more of a mind game for most of the stammerers. We may try devoting a half day session to mental health exploring various meditation techniques ranging from very short to lengthy sittings, from active meditation to passive meditation techniques...


Ashish

2 comments:

J P Sunda said...

Thanks Ashish, I hope a few pws will be able to see the benefits of being with other pws!!

sachin said...

There is a English phrase: Babes in the woods. We are like babes in the woods, looking for our "genuineness"..