Compassionate, timely support
Soften stress and overwhelm without self soothing in sugar
In an uncertain time, connection matters more than ever
When life feels overwhelming
Here as our world turns, and as we face so much uncertainty, you may be feeling extra stressed and overwhelmed.
You may find yourself checking the news every few minutes, back and forth. You may wonder how you can help or feel like you're not doing enough.
You may feel helpless or flooded with compassion fatigue.
You may feel bored at home. You may feel unmoored, uprooted from your daily schedule and the routines that kept you grounded and rooted.
Your may be separated from your favorite gym or yoga class, the normal way you destress.
You may have extra pressures with children at home or concerns about elderly parents. You may be worrying about your finances, and how you and your loved ones will get through.
A sign that you need more support
In the wake of the pandemic, you may find yourself turning to sugar more than usual to self soothe, care for boredom, or to feel calm. In fact, it's become a common joke how we're bingeing on Netflix, chocolate, or extra glasses of wine to cope.
You may worry that you're overdoing it. Chocolate treats may be turning into non stop snacking.
This can create a feeling of helplessness - like everything is impossible or out of control. Now, on top of your other anxieties, you're feeling anxious about sugar.
Your nervous system, limbic system, and heart may feel stretched to the max, and long for a break!
This is where it's helpful to bring in compassion.
When we face extraordinary circumstances like a pandemic, it's understandable why we turn to sugar to care for ourselves.
As we become separated from our normal routines and connections, we may feel more alone, and more disconnected. Sugar can become a primary form of self care.
Using sugar for comfort during these times is not a personal flaw, but a sign that you need more support.
To help, we're offering a community class of Emerge, our compassion based course to eat less sugar, just for this time.
How Emerge can support you
In Emerge you'll learn how to use self compassion to care for the stress, overwhelm, and challenging emotions that arise in your daily life. These practices can help you soften a habit of using sugar for self care. And they can also help you care for all the emotions that are coming up for you right now with the changes in our world.
This is not a diet (you won't find information on what to eat) nor a bootcamp, nor a course on what or how to eat. Rather, it's a course on nourishing, supporting and growing the internal resilience, strength and levity that helps you change unhealthy patterns of self care.
You'll receive daily emotional support to help you when you feel panicked, overwhelmed, like "f** it!" or frustrated.
You'll learn how to use self compassion to create more nourishing self talk and build resilience, the inner confidence of, “I trust myself to move through this.”
And you'll learn how to rest in the growth process, so that you can feel less alone, less anxious, and less pressured to 'make it happen.' It's a relief to lean into the support that's available to us.
Class begins Monday, April 13th and ends Thursday, May 14th. Each day for 30 days you'll receive an audio message to help you care for stress, soften difficult emotions, and deepen self compassion.
You'll then have four Q&A webinars where you can ask questions and connect live with the group. Webinars are on Thursdays at 1 pm central on April 16, 23, 30 and May 7.
You'll also have access to the Emerge community: a private, warm, welcoming space where you can connect with others, share your experience, and get support.
A shelter in the storm: hands on help for a time of uncertainty
While this course was originally created to help with sugar in 'normal' life circumstances, the teachings and practices in this course are especially helpful in a time of heightened alarm and uncertainty.
Many of the tools in the course can help you both with sugar and in strengthening your web of support as you face financial insecurity, social distancing, disconnection, and worry about loved ones.
For example, you'll learn how to:
- feel comfortable asking for and receiving lots of help
- break patterns of isolation
- care for feelings of panic
- and care for feelings of overwhelm
Connect with your Inner Elder
One of the key things you'll learn in Emerge is how to connect with your strongest self. You can think of your strongest self as your inner parent, Highest Self, or Inner Elder.
Like a mother caring for her children, your strongest self is the ring leader, the Self that cares for your other selves, needs, parts, worries, needs and concerns.
As you learn how to put your Inner Elder in 'charge,' you quiet, soothe, and care for the other parts of you that may be feeling overwhelmed, panicked, angry, or wanting to eat sugar for relief.
Be rooted in your strength
Over time, as you practice connecting with the wisest, steadiest part of you, you rest more and more in this part. It becomes your center.
The difficulties of the pandemic will still be there. Painful emotions like fear, anxiety or worry may still be there.
But the 'you' that you're bringing to the situation feels different, more connected to the values that you care about and your inner strength.
So you can care for your anxiety rather than feeling like you're swallowed by it. And you feel more capable of caring for the difficulties and challenges that we're all facing here in a time of pandemic.
It's my hope, that in her own small way, that this course and the community space we've created for you will be a refuge of support, a space that bolsters your courage and feeds your heart.
May the support you find in the Emerge community nourish the ways you feel called to serve your loved ones, your community, our natural world, and your own being during this time. For you're needed!
There's room for strength and gentleness
As we face more stress and uncertainty, we need more patience, more compassion, and more gentleness. This is what helps us let go of the unhealthy ways we're coping.
So as we embody our strength, we also embody gentleness. This course is especially designed for highly sensitive people and those who want a gentle approach.
What's new for this class
For this class, we've made an important change in how we offer this course so you can get the support you need.
We've created a better connected, more nourishing space where you can lean on connection, rather than sugar, to soothe stress.
We're hosting this Emerge class on Mighty Networks, our own private network.
We've prepared a beautiful, welcoming space for you: a Facebook like group where you can share and connect with your classmates without the noise, distraction, and privacy concerns of Facebook.
This new platform will make it easier for you to get to know your classmates, share your experiences, nurture your need for connection, rest in a supportive environment, and perhaps make a new friend.
In Mighty Networks, you can access the course materials and the group forum, all in one place. You can also download the Mighty Networks app so you can access the course easily on your phone.
Here's a preview of what you'll find inside the Emerge course.
- Each day for 30 days you'll receive an audio lesson to build the mindset that helps you make changes with sugar. You can listen to this audio as you work from home, care for your family, cook a meal, or even lie in bed.
- There's also a special bonus section on help for cravings and sticky feelings. You'll learn tools to soften feelings of resistance, boredom, and hopelessness so you don't eat them.
- You'll have 4 Q&A webinars where you can ask questions and receive support. Q&A webinars are on Thursday, April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, from 1 until 2 pm central.
- You'll also have a closed, private forum (not Facebook) where you can meet classmates from all over the world, share your story, connect with others, and get support.
- After the 30 days, you'll continue to have access to the course materials. Once you buy the course, it's yours to keep.
Over the past few weeks, I've read and heard so many examples of the ways people are coming together to help and support one another. This class is offered in that same spirit.
We're offering this Emerge class at a special community rate to support our community in a difficult time. It's the same Emerge class that we've offered before, but at a community price.
We normally offer this class for $197 USD. With our community offering, you can take the class for $49 USD or two payments of $25.
There's also an option where you can buy the class as a gift for someone else, or where someone can buy the class as a gift for you. You can learn more about these pricing options below.
If you're not feeling called to join the class, but would like to support our offering, we're also accepting donations. This helps keep growing human(kind)ness afloat and support our people as we face our own economic challenges. To make a donation, please email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also welcome your prayers, meditations, intentions, metta, Remembrance, blessings, and good wishes. We're grateful for all the ways you support this offering and our desire to steward this class, and growing human(kind)ness, into fullness, into form.
How to purchase the course
We normally offer this class for $197 USD. With our community offering, you can join Emerge for $49 USD or two payments of $25.
You can also gift this course to someone you love. To do so, follow the links below and click on the box, 'Is this a gift.'
I understand why sugar can feel so hard
My name is Karly Randolph Pitman, and I'm your course facilitator and guide through Emerge. I help highly sensitive people create a kinder, more compassionate relationship with their struggles and themselves.
For many years, sugar was my primary way of caring for myself. I turned to sugar when I felt overwhelmed by my feelings, experiences, or by life itself. As a highly sensitive, porous being, this happened a lot!
Sugar, while at times feeling like an adversary, has also been a beautiful teacher, reconnecting me with my heart, strength, and wholeness, helping me find the 'deeper story' underneath the shame I felt about having so many struggles with food.
So your story is my story, is our story, is sugar's story, is life's story, and leads to our deeper story. I'm honored to be a part of and a witness to your story.
Growing human(kind)ness, the name of my website, means to soften self criticism and shame, and claim the wholeness that is our birthright.
This work arose from two things - from my own experience with decades of multiple eating disorders, chronic depression and anxiety and from bearing witness to others' stories of heartbreak and rebirth, growth and healing.
I first created this course seven years ago as The 30 Day Lift, and thousands have been touched and moved by it. Now I've folded all of their gorgeous collected wisdom into a new, updated course, Emerge. The course you hold in your hands has been seeded by these beautiful souls, by their courage and compassion, by their surrender and their sovereignty, and by their heart woven labor.
I live in Austin, Texas with my husband Patrick and our family, two dogs, a very frisky cat, lots of dust bunnies, and beautiful oak trees. I love good stories, good music, good food, lifting heavy things, and long walks. Underneath all my work you'll find a love for the human heart.