They do this anonymously on pieces of paper which are collected in a container, shaken up and then shared by writing them onto the board. This reduces anxiety for group members around sharing how they're feeling. It may also increase openness.
People may find they've used the same word or feeling as someone else.
The exercise encourages connection and understanding.It also acknowledges, validates and allows expression of the feelings in the room.
It makes me aware of the range of emotions which can be present in a workshop at any moment.
These were the feelings at the start of a creative writing workshop for parents of children with disabilities earlier this year.