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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Welcome

Hi, there! I am glad you have joined me.

Welcome to “A Safe Place”. I hope you find this a place you can be yourself and I can be myself. Like two old friends over a cup of coffee. (But I don’t drink coffee – it jacks me up – I drink mint tea.) Perhaps we can define “a safe place” as just that – being able to be yourself with no fear of rejection or or condemnation. I think we all long for a place where we feel we belong and  and feel safe. I know I do.

Think about what makes a safe place for you. Is it being with a special person? Or in your favorite room? Or a certain place? I like to call my home my sanctuary. And when people ask me where is my favorite place of all the places I have traveled I always say, “home”. I love to be in my home. I am really a homebody – boring – but accurate! I have always said I’d like to stay home and bake cookies! My friends guffaw at this because I have such a busy schedule. But I come home to fill up and feel renewed. It’s quiet. I am surrounded by my books and the things I love. My friends feel free to come by – and especially my grandchildren. (You’ll probably hear a lot about my grandchildren – I am a very proud grandmother of 8!) The picture is of one of my safe spaces.

So what are safe places? Perhaps there are all sorts of safe places.  Does a safe place have to be a physical place. What does it mean to be safe? Free from fear and anxiety? Feeling protected? Secure? Can we feel anxious and still feel safe? What makes us feel safe?

Let’s begin the conversation. I’m looking forward to it. And remember this is a safe place.

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