Is participant experience relevant?
It's okay if participants haven't seen the inside of a classroom in years.
Physical trust needed
Mental trust needed
Paper, pen, envelope, stamp.
30 minutes - 60 minutes
Experience level of the facilitator
taken part OR some facilitation experience
Number of facilitators
CHARACTER OF THE METHOD
Level of activationcalming
Woo-Woo Level - How touchy-feely is this method?
From 1.Rationalist-Materialist "No feelings here, folks." to 5.Esoteric-Shamanic Bleeding Heart:
This is an incredible exercise to do no matter how old you are. Writing a letter to yourself gives you insight and teaches you valuable life lessons that will stick with you long afterwards. It is like a time capsule.
ALTERNATIVE NAME OF THE METHOD
Write a Letter to Yourself
PREPARATION (excluding materials)
This is a useful supplementary tool to be used in goal achievement, because when you write the letter to your future self, it helps crystallize your ideal vision for yourself in the future.
Prepare piece of paper, pencil, envelope and stamp. Set the date of receiving letter in the future (for example - 3 month from now).
2 Start writing
Look at today’s date. Now imagine you writing to yourself, exactly one year from now. What do you want to say to your future self?
3 Exchange for future mailing
Put the papers in an envelope. Seal it. On the cover, write your name and address. Exchange letters with your members of the group or the trainer collects all the letters and then sends them to everyone on the appropriate date.
Essentially, this is similar to the concept of a time capsule, where you write a personal note to your future self, seal it and only open it at a future moment in time. There are no restrictions on the time duration either — it can be less then one year later, three years later, five years later, 10 years later, or even 20 years later. Writing a letter to your future self is an intimate act of self-love. It's a hopeful exercise that can help save you from despair. It is a declaration and a knowledge that every single second we have a new chance to start fresh.
You can either write it as hard copy (for a greater sense of nostalgia due to the aging condition of the paper and seeing your own handwriting) or have it as a digital soft copy. You can also try FutureMe.org, an online time capsule service that stores and sends information to a specified email address at any time in the future.http://personalexcellence.co/blog/letter-to-future-self/, http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-reasons-write-letter/