As we close out a cycle, complete a project, or review a process, a team leader facilitates this process to allow group insights to emerge. Done prayerfully, this process has particular power, but it can be adapted as below to make room for a variety of spiritual expressions. Process based on the Examen of St. Ignatius.
1. Presence and Light
Make room for silence to recognize the sacred power of this moment. Be open to the wisdom that will be found in the group, and from our own sacred sources, including those who are connected to this work, including patients, students, clients, community members, sponsors.
Reflect upon highlights of the project, cycle or event and recognize the blessings and brokenness. Ask, Which small and big contributions make the difference? Where was there joy? Where was there pain? For what should we be grateful? Focus on a couple of key aspects that are powerfully lingering for the group.
Move toward reconciliation where it is needed.
4. Gratitude and Hope
Explore hopeful takeaways. Compile a list together where gratitude is needed.
A single flip chart page is helpful, especially in step #4 to capture the important words spoken or shared. Consider the power of inviting participants to thoughtfully and at their own pace write the things for which they are grateful or hopeful. Each can be given a different colored marker of their choice.
Similarly, consider the impact that comes when you as leader listen closely their words, repeat them back to the group and reverently write them on the paper. These words can be recorded and brought into a future meeting, posted at the beginning of an agenda, or read aloud.