Humans Not Anonymous Meetings
Humans Not Anonymous: The Unsecret Society (because vulnerability is vital)
A 6-Step Program to Decrease Suffering in All Humans
Humans Not Anonymous is a 6-step program to decrease suffering in all humans. The program was developed by Zirit Life founder and fellow human, Tricia Schuster, originally as a way to help her process her own suffering and is now being offered free to all humans. The only agenda for the meetings is to provide presence and support as we share our humanity and imperfections. Sharing is not required, you can simply attend as a mindful listener – either way we will be creating a nurturing and comfortable environment from which we can all benefit. The meetings are sure to tap into the powers of stillness, connection, vulnerability, laughter, fear, and many other aspects of the human condition. Everyone is welcome to join us for these open meetings. Below are the 6 simple steps, as well as the 60-minute meeting format:
Go around the room and introduce ourselves (ie: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a human).
Read the following Rumi passage together as a group:
“Learn the alchemy true human beings know.
The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given,
the door will open.”
Ask for a volunteer to read the 6 steps and then open the meeting for sharing ..each person has approx 3-5 minutes to share initially – minimizing cross talk, emphasizing mindful listening – after everyone who wants to share has done so, the meeting can shift more towards a discussion-type format:
Step 1.) We acknowledged to ourselves that no human is perfect and that all humans experience suffering at different times throughout life.
Step 2.) In an open, honest and vulnerable way, we allowed ourselves to share our imperfections and suffering with other humans and listened mindfully as they shared their imperfections and suffering with us.
Step 3.) We came to believe that through presence and stillness we could cultivate and maintain equanimity (defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper) and serenity (defined as the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled) on a moment-to-moment basis regardless of external conditions.
Step 4.) We learned to let go of the clinging to how we think life should be and instead, we humbly developed a sense of surrender to life as it is – all the while, staying actively engaged in co-creating with the universe simply by becoming the best version of ourselves.
Step 5.) Sought through meditation and/or prayer to connect with the stillness beyond the thinking mind, the intuitive wisdom of the body, and/or the higher power of our understanding.
Step 6.) As a result of these steps (along with the following as applicable; regular exercise, a healthy diet, supplements/medication as needed, acceptance of impermanence as a natural and necessary part of life, creativity, simplicity, gratitude and forgiveness) we start to experience relief from our suffering and we are able to help others find their way through these steps by sharing our own presence, strength and hope.
Close the meeting with a few moments of shared stillness for inner peace and world peace, followed by the Serenity Prayer (optional):
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. And so it is, Amen.