Ending the Day, Option 2

Finishing With Feeling: Navigating Uncomfortable Emotions

We grow up believing that hurt, jealousy, anger, and sadness should be avoided at all costs. But actually, sometimes our bodies need us to be present with these difficult emotions, and to process them slowly and with compassion. In non-monogamous relationships, tricky emotions will come up again and again, and I might argue that this is among the greatest gifts this relationship model has to offer. This wrap-up, end-of-the-day workshop will examine the difficult feelings that arise in non-monogamous relationships (did you know that there are six different types of jealousy?), how to lovingly navigate them, and what they can teach us about ourselves.

Bio: Sophie Lucido Johnson (she/her) is the author of “Many Love: A Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s).” Her writing on polaymory and alternative ways of loving has been published in The New York Times, The Believer, Jezebel, and other places. She is a teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Her upcoming audio project, “Love Without Sex,” will examine alternative relationship models and mononormativity, and will come out through Audible in February of 2019.

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