Belonging is the joy we create around us. Belonging is the second class in the Thriving Series, designed to follow Restarting.
Join Ed Khouri at
Retreat Center in South Kansas City, MO
December 2nd & 3rd for an adventure in appreciation and a closer walk with God. Ed turns deep and complicated truths into thoughts as clear as the mountain streams. You are going to be amazed!
Belonging is built around training. Careful steps are taken to form training groups that provide encouragement, support and diversity needed to work on belonging skills. Roundtable groups are facilitated by belonging coordinators who themselves receive additional support and training each week to assist in encouraging those in their group to return. Ed Khouri provides direction for the belonging coordinators.
Belonging was designed to produce transformation
Belonging focuses strategically on how to:
1. Build appreciation.
2. Quiet ourselves from anger and fear.
3. Learn when to stop so we don't overwhelm others.
4. Recognize and stop cravings (and who doesn't get cravings).
5. Hear God more clearly.
6. Validate and comfort ourselves.
7. Use the fast "Shalom my body, soul and heart" steps.
8. Test ourselves for good relational brain circuit function.
9. Identify our belonging style.
10. Express belonging in church and make church a more belonging friendly place.
11. Amplify relationships instead of negative emotions.
Belonging quiets cravings for comfort foods or even drugs
What is the relationship between our cravings for food, TV, entertainment, drugs, alcohol, attention, and internet pornography? Where do these cravings come from and what works to stop them from taking control? Belonging
takes us to the brain science discoveries that explain and resolve our cravings and let us return to a state of peace we call "Shalom". We need these shalom skills, and Belonging
shows us how
they apply to the brain and emotional process that make our cravings get out of our control in the first place.
Belonging builds relationships with God and with people
Every Belonging lesson features a weekly Bible story that illustrates and applies the scriptural basis for that week's training. But Belonging goes farther than teaching about God. Belonging trains participants to hear God more clearly and begin removing some of the blocks to seeing ourselves and others as God sees us. In Belonging this is called "Godsight Training".