GMC approaches to meditation & contemplative practice have been developed over many years of gifted- and 2e-specific experience.
lace & flow
LACE and FLOW are the core frameworks that guide our practice at the GMC. They are grounded in Buddhist & spiritual wisdom traditions, systems science, and the multifaceted nature of gifted experience. Woven together, these approaches enable gifted people to skillfully support their intensity and complexity, gain insight into the truth of their experience, and be more present with their gifted self, others, and life itself.
L.A.C.E. is an acronym for the 4 mindfulness skills* we focus on cultivating at the GMC. Together, they enable a more skillful & integrated experience and expression of gifted being...
Lovingkindness - meeting present moment experience and the gifted self with wise compassion
Attention - agency of attention in minds that are pulled in myriad directions
Clarity - experiencing the nuances and truths of complex experience
Equanimity - inner stability amidst intensity of experience
*This framework was inspired by the work of Shinzen Young
F.L.O.W. is a practice for cultivating the 4 capacities of L.A.C.E. It facilitates the embodiment of a presence that is grounded, spacious and compassionate, restoring our connection with the natural rhythms of life. Over time, it engenders an authentic, sustainable experience and expression ― a flow ― of gifted being.
F.L.O.W. is a rich and versatile, yet easy-to-remember pathway, to practice...
Find a groundedness of attention and being
Look, listen & feel into sensory experience across the mind-body landscape
Open awareness to what is arising without grasping or resisting
Welcome your complex experience with care and compassion
If you are interested in learning more about the 4 LACE skills as they relate to the gifted experience, GMC founder Kelly Pryde wrote about them in detail here. If you would like to cultivate LACE & FLOW in your own life as a gifted or 2e person, you can sign up for our 6-week gifted mindfulness foundations program or inquire about joining our community of practice for gifted women.
Compassionate Alchemy (CA) is an embodied transformative practice with roots in Buddhist psychology, C.G. Jung's Active Imagination and entelechial giftedness. Gifted people tend to be very good at gaining intellectual insight into their experience, yet often find themselves stuck when mental, and even emotional, processing go as far as they can. This can be debilitating for those with gifted entelechy who are intensely drawn toward transformation and wholeness of being.
Complete insight that engenders deeper levels of wholeness and life-forward energy is an embodied process that also needs to be experienced somatically and imaginally in a compassionate container in order to be integrated. Compassion here refers to the mindful capacity to meet painful truth with the intention of restoring wholeness, and alchemy refers to the process of transforming unmetabolized material into a new, more refined form. Thus, the CA approach supports gifted adults in creating a mindful, compassionate container and working with their inner experience in a holistic way that engenders the transformation of uncomfortable, unrefined material into something meaningful and life-forward.
The CA approach is introduced in our 6-week Gifted Mindfulness Foundations course and explored in-depth in our Mindful of Gifted Anger (& Rage) workshop.