Women in en­ergy de­but OUT WEST

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR FEATURE - Janet Sil­vera Se­nior Gleaner Writer

IWESTERN BUREAU: T WAS an at­mos­phere of sis­ter­hood – a group of women com­ing to­gether, not to party, not to gos­sip, not to mar­ket prod­ucts!

This was how Sharon Singh de­scribed her day spent with the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­pany’s Women In En­ergy ‘Re­lease’ gath­er­ing on the grounds of the Palms of Palmyra, Rose Hall, Mon­tego Bay, last Sun­day, Novem­ber 13.

“We came to­gether to bond, to share, to re­lease! We spoke of bur­dens, of is­sues, of sit­u­a­tions that were hold­ing us back and pre­vent­ing us from be­ing the phe­nom­e­nal women we were des­tined to be,” Singh told Flair.

Led by JPS re­gional di­rec­tor, west, T’Shura Gibbs, the event em­brac­ing women from all walks of life had the group shar­ing a ses­sion that iden­ti­fied neg­a­tive emo­tions on the Emo­tional Guid­ance Scale, such as anger, pes­simism, doubt, blame, and in­se­cu­rity. Gibbs en­cour­aged her guests to iden­tify and re­lease all the things that stand in the way of them be­ing their best selves. The talks sur­rounded the loss of loved ones, di­vorce, death, and the strug­gles faced with their chil­dren and re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily.

This was fol­lowed by guided med­i­ta­tion, af­ter which each par­tic­i­pant wrote a pri­vate let­ter to them­selves or an in­di­vid­ual in their lives, re­leas­ing the neg­a­tive emo­tions. The women then sym­bol­i­cally de­stroyed these emo­tions by toss­ing the let­ters into a fire set up for that pur­pose. “We wrote on pa­per all the hin­drances, all the guilt, the strug­gles,”

ad­mit­ted Singh.

More than two hours of shar­ing, cry­ing, and hug­ging. Beau­ti­ful suc­cess­ful women who were strug­gling with sit­u­a­tions and were speak­ing about it for the first time gave Singh a real eye-opener.

“You see her, well dressed, and suc­cess­ful, but she needs a shoul­der to cry on,” the 2016 Restau­rant Week am­bas­sador ar­gued.

Then it was time to fo­cus on the up­ward spi­ral of the Emo­tional Guid­ance Scale, as par­tic­i­pants re­solved to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive emo­tions they would em­brace as part of their jour­ney for­ward, in­clud­ing pas­sion, op­ti­mism, con­tent­ment, love, ap­pre­ci­a­tion, and thank­ful­ness.

The lo­ca­tion pro­vided the per­fect back­drop for re­lease and renewal. The sounds of the gen­tle breeze and the sea made con­ver­sa­tion easy, as women from across Ja­maica shared and net­worked with one an­other – all will­ing to share, learn, and in­spire.

The Women in En­ergy move­ment be­gan with its in­au­gu­ral con­fer­ence in March this year, and Sun­day was its in­au­gu­ral stag­ing in western Ja­maica. The move­ment has con­tin­ued to grow, em­brac­ing women out­side of the field of en­ergy, and pro­vid­ing a forum for growth, men­tor­ship, and em­pow­er­ment among women who are seek­ing per­sonal and pro­fes­sional growth.

The next WIE con­fer­ence is sched­uled for March 9-10, 2017.

PHO­TOS BY JANET SIILVERA

Women re­leas­ing the things that do not serve them by toss­ing their neg­a­tive emo­tions, writ­ten in a let­ter, into the fire.

The beau­ti­ful quar­tet of (from left) Christina Dun­bar, An­gella Ben­nett, Sharon Singh, and Ophe­lia Sin­clair.

Pres­i­dent of the Mon­tego Bay Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Glo­ria Henry (left) is all smiles with Dr San­dra Wright.

Dr San­dra Knight (left) shares the spot­light with Kelly Tomblin, pres­i­dent and CEO of JPS.

From left: Lean­tonette Gor­don-Camp­bell, Roxana Mas­ters and Veronique Beck­ford-Scott.

From left: Au­drey Wil­liams, Joylett Walker-Clocken, Pa­trica Beck­ford-Lin­ton and De­tom­mie Sergeant.

From left: Veronique Beck­ford-Scott, Nate­sha McKay, Heather Lawrence and Ka­dian McNeil-El­lis.

From left: Pauleen Reid, Rochelle Reid-James, Sharisse Robinson, and De­jhah James.

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