Maureen Ryan Griffin
I am a writer and a writing teacher - mentor - coach. I've
published a book of poetry: "When the Leaves Are in the
Water," (Sandstone Press,) a lot of individual poems, had some
commentaries on WFAE (a radio station in Charlotte, NC,) and had some
non-fiction articles published. I'm in the process of writing a
memoir/cookbook with the working title of "How She Fed Us, A
Compendium of Recipes and Reminiscences from a Mother's 50 Years in and
out of the Kitchen." Long title, huh?
I live with my husband Richard (we've
been married 17 and a half years,) my daughter Amanda, 15, my son Dan,
12, our dog Katie, our cat Sam-I-Am, and two hermit crabs. I have a huge
extended family and circle of friends.
did the Landmark Forum in December of '99. My brother Tim and my husband
Richard were the ones who shared with me. What I had to give up to
register in the Landmark Forum was that I shouldn't spend family money
on “more personal growth stuff”.
Through my participation with
Landmark I've had
breakthroughs in my relationships with my children, my husband, as a
facilitator, in my writing, with many of my friends and acquaintances --
really, all over my life. Many breakthroughs in keeping going toward
what I want (in a relationship, for someone I love, in my personal
productivity) past places where I used to be stopped.
An example where I keep going when I used to stop is with my
children. I used to give up and walk away when they got upset with me.
Now I keep being with them until whatever situation we are in the middle
of is resolved.
Landmark Assisting Program
and the difference
I've completed the Landmark Curriculum for Living, both courses from the Landmark Communication Program and the Introduction
Leaders Program. I led the Introductions to the Landmark
Forum. There were two breakthroughs I had that I'd say are the two
most beneficial in my life. Both happened as I took part in the
Introduction Leaders Program, which offers a very special training in
the Landmark Assisting Program.
First, that I am now able to move past my fear to have really straight
conversations with people. If you read what people share on this web
site, you will notice how most of us had to give up something, some
considerations, before we even actually did the Landmark Forum. I was trained on how to fulfill on what’s possible for someone’s life
rather than leaving someone stopped by what has always stopped him or
her. By moving past my fear, I discover lots and lots of love became
available to me that I never knew was there!
The second breakthrough was having the possibility of team open up for
me. I had always, in the past, operated alone. Of course, I thought it
was “my style”. Through the training in the Introduction Leaders
Program, I saw that it was a function of the pervasive culture that I
was part of. The culture of being human. I was able to go beyond that
constraint as I choose for my self expression in the opportunity to
serve others rather than the convenience and the predictability of doing
everything on my own. Life's a LOT more fun when you're playing with
other people and are free to do so!
What I love is seeing
people lit up, inspired, being real. Who I am is the possibility of
love, joy, leadership, and inspiration.
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