A Conversation About Queer Mindfulness

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Every Tuesday, our very own Antonia Jurkovic, Psy.D., hosts the Queer Mindfulness Drop-In Practice Group. We spoke with her recently about what this group is and how it can be a useful space for the queer community.

LifeWorks: What is the Queer Mindfulness Drop-In Practice Group?
Antonia Jurkovic: Queer mindfulness is weekly, virtual, drop-in support group where queer folks can connect and practice mind/body interventions, such as mindfulness, together. 

LW: Why did you start Queer Mindfulness?
AJ: There are a few reasons why I decided to start Queer Mindfulness. First, as a result of the past several years (and more), I have never seen more people struggle with regulating their nervous systems! More and more people are experiencing chronic stress, fatigue, poor attention and focus, and increased difficulty with regulating emotions. Second, I think that this can often be amplified for queer folks. Not only do queer folks face specific stressors that are not always shared by their cis/het peers, there can be chronic stress that comes from moving through a world where you are often discouraged from being your most authentic self. Queer Mindfulness attempts to create a space where you can show up fully as yourself. Together, we can slow down, breathe deeply, and work together to regulate our nervous systems and build more resilience. 

LW: Who can join, and who would benefit from joining Queer Mindfulness?
AJ: Anyone who is 18+ and identifies as queer or within the LGBTQ+ community. And honestly, anyone would benefit from this group. As humans, we all have nervous systems that benefit from breathwork and meditation. 

LW: What have folks found beneficial through this group?
AJ: So far, people in the group have shared that they appreciate having a space that encourages them to slow down and feel themselves and notice their feelings. Others have valued the ability to connect with others and know that they are not alone in their struggles. More specifically, some people have found mindfulness as a useful tool to manage unwelcome thoughts. 

LW: Are there any key takeaways from previous groups you can share?
AJ: I believe a key takeaway has been that this time has taken a toll on all of us. There are very few individuals that feel that their cups are full right now. This will take time to heal for everyone and one way of starting to recover is to engage in mind/body interventions. 

LW: Why do you think this practice group is important?
AJ: It is important to know that we are not alone and that it’s okay if things are hard right now. 

LW: Any closing words?
AJ: I think it’s important for people to know that it’s okay to show up to this group in whatever way feels most comfortable. If that means staying off camera, turning your mic off, just being present and witnessing- then that is how you should show up. Also, that signing up does not mean that you are locked in every week. You are welcome back whenever you decide to attend. 

We hope you’ll join us for Queer Mindfulness, every Tuesday at 6pm CST. RSVP here.

Cindy Trawinski is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Diplomate in Process-oriented Psychology (also known as Process Work) and a certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She is a founding partner of LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center and North Shore Psychotherapy Associates and has offices in Chicago and Skokie, IL. Cindy is the former CEO of the Process Work Institute, in Portland, OR and a member of the International Association of Process-oriented Psychology (IAPOP), in Zurich, Switzerland. Cindy is a frequent speaker on topics including: Creativity, Diversity and Multicultural Issues; Sex Positivity; Rank & Power; Therapist Bias; and Polyamory.

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