One-On-One Cuddle Sessions
Cuddle Up to Me
6230 NE Halsey, Portland OR
For the touch-deprived, nurturing platonic touch can be beneficial for decreased depression, stress, insomnia, anxiety, insulin resistance, and addiction. It can boost self-esteem, social ease calmness, and trust. Outside of massage there are few socially acceptable ways (especially for men) to receive platonic touch and even fewer ways to give it.
Supportive Meetup Groups
Portland Social Club Meetup
Cuddle Up to Me/Simple Wellness Building
6230 NE Halsey, Portland, OR
Rotating Weeknights 6:30-8:30: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Admission $5. A paradox of depression is that it often makes us withdraw from the very connection with others that can help give us perspective and help us rejoin the land of the living. Social Club offers a safe, supportive environment in Northeast Portland for social time based in openness, honesty, and acceptance with the option for feedback and accountability. There is never any pressure to participate, but there is always an opportunity to share current life challenges, events, and successes with others for acknowledgment or feedback. I try to attend these whenever I can.
Saturdays at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (meditation and discussion)
10:30 AM (ish) (snacks and conversation) Admission: Free (donations to support the Leaven Community Center accepted but not solicited)
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR
The meditation consists of two twenty-minute seated sessions broken up by one ten-minute free-range (walking, yoga, sitting or other silent) meditation. This is a great place to practice the exercises from this blog, check-in with any questions and offer me feedback.
If you choose to leave after meditation, you can enjoy the company of others without saying a word! Stick around for the discussion (which usually involves secular mindful approaches to everyday challenges). And hang out with us for snacks and conversation afterwards if you like.