Reconnecting with childhood comfort
A Facilitated Performance Activation
This performance prompted people to reflect and discuss their modes of obtaining comfort as a child versus now as a young adult. It stemmed from my curious questions as a 21-year-old who maintains a relationship with a childhood comfort object.
The workshop facilitates participants to ask the following questions
How did I obtain comfort as a child?
How do I obtain comfort now?
How do I want to obtain comfort moving forward?
Activity 1. Recalling my childhood object: The session begins with a visualization exercise to help people remember the details of their childhood comfort object and embody the feeling it brought them as a child. Participants then share what they imagined and describe the feeling of ‘comfort’ it gave them.
Activity 2. How do I achieve comfort now?: We will discuss how we obtain comfort nowadays and compare it to our childhood method and feeling of comfort.
Activity 3. Writing a letter to our childhood comfort object: Lastly, we will write a letter individually to our childhood comfort object. This letter does not need to be textual. It can be anything that the participants wish to express using a pen/pencil and paper.
Workshop Impact: The discussions made me realize the diverse feeling of ‘comfort’ and various modes of achieving it. The participants expressed that this workshop helped them regain the experience and sense of comfort they had forgotten.
Results from previous workshops
cоска (pronounced ‘soska’)
i miss your easy bite
i miss you late at night
i haven’t seen you in years
but still i know your colours
blue and yellow and red
i chew you before bed
and wake up in the day
to suck the day away
my grandma tells me off
says soon i’ll get too old
for having things between
my growing teeth and gums
for having you hang out my lips
i’ll miss your easy bite
i’ll miss you late at night
but my age will betray my love
i will be above
the simpleness you bring
the comfort amongst everything