“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather” ~ Pema Chödrön
Some of my readers may have noticed that I took time during Winter to rest up and have a break from the busyness of private practice. I decided to blog less and mostly spent time working quietly with clients and listening to the sounds of Winter. “The sounds of Winter” I hear you ask…
For me they included little things like the chatter of my cat as he enters the house all frosty from the frigid morning air, or the late night crackling of the fire when all the lights are out and the hiss and twinkle take on a different, more intimate tenor. It was indeed a curious moment between a one-eared man and a late night fire. The fire radiating warmth and sparkle at the hearth or heart of the house.
Of course, like all things, the Winter season is impermanent, and the idea that Winter’s end heralds the Spring is delightful and rich with potentiality.
Like many folk who live, love and work in the Blue Mountains, I see Spring as a time of quickening and renewal. I feel in sync with the wild part of the mountains and the wild part of me. Finally Winter ends! Time for new projects and new resolve, or perhaps it’s more like old projects infused with the sight and smell of eucalypts, cherry blossom and peonies.
By now you might be wondering… “What does this have to do with therapy?” Well, not a lot, and a whole lot, depending on how you see and encounter things. For me, creative writing can be a therapeutic practice in its own right. Words on a page written and re-read can soothe and sing to those parts of self that feel deeply and experience distress.
I often invite clients to keep a journal as a record of their thoughts and feelings. This is something that I do and have done in order to write this post.
The change of season can be a useful time to take stock of what is and what we hope to achieve in the days ahead. It can be an opportunity to consider what’s workable, achievable and important. It can be an invitation to drop into the here and now; to be more mindful of the way we experience our inner and outer worlds.
While I do not practice eco-therapy, there are many clinicians that do. I also know and have experienced the therapeutic advantage of getting out in nature and taking a gentle walk in the garden or bush when things inside – be that head or house – feel overwhelming. I will often work with clients to develop ways to self-regulate and self-soothe. Stepping outside and into the big Spring sky is certainly one of the tools I use when I want to feel less cluttered in the heart or head.
In conclusion, I wonder what you will do this Spring to feel and explore that yumminess of the season?
- Will you change the way you feel or change the way you look?
- Will you decide to move on or make a decision to stay?
- Will you reach out and ask for help or will you remain suspended in a wintery stasis?
Spring has definitely sprung in the Mountains and with it a sense that now is the time to change, grow and flourish. Taking the first step in any change process is always the most difficult. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the above post resonates for you or you would like to book a session or set up a treatment plan.
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossom” ~ Kobayashi Issa