The Road Less Travelled
The pace of change we have all experienced since the pandemic began, has been both staggering and destabilizing. Due pandemic and I am currently doing telephone and videocall sessions with people. Technology is enabling us build social support during what can be for some an isolating time.
Technology has enabled me support people deal with stressors associated with COVID-19, including self-quarantine, social distancing, job loss, and the threat of illness. It has facilitated people to problem solve for relationships negatively affected by the close quarters of home quarantine, as well as giving new ways of coping with the stresses of daily living and all it's giving rise to. Technology has enabled me to share resources for de-stressing with a greater number of people than I otherwise might have. It has been more important to resource and support ourselves and psychotherapy/counselling can be one way of doing this.
Many people are concerned video or telephone therapy is not as effective as face-to-face. In my experience once we get used to the technology and working remotely, it doesn't have to get in the way of the work that can happen for people. It's convenient and safe for people who for a variety of reasons can't as easily get out and about. For some people they can be more comfortable working from their own home and can feel safer and more at ease to explore from their own personal space, what it going on for them.
We are a resilient and very adaptable and capable of overcoming the enormous challenges we are facing by working together. If you need support please avail of it instead of suffering silently. If online therapy is not appealing to you, there are ideas and resources on this website that might help you. We will get through this; our resilience as a community will be enhanced by supporting and being supportive to one another.
GARDEN AS METAPHOR FOR LIFE
The garden is one of our oldest metaphors for life and how to live a good life. We also have our rhythms or seasons, where sometimes we are more outwardly active, like a garden in summer, or quieter where inner work is happening, like in winter.
By attending to you inner garden and working with the seasons of your life, you can become a conscious creator of the kind of life you want. My hope is that you can use some of the resources here to nurture your inner garden and your wellbeing.
A 4 minute reflection on gardening as a metaphor. Unmute to listen.
Just as you might have a vision for your garden, it can also be important to have a vision for your life. By paying attention to the seeds you are sowing, you can influence and shape your life. You don't plant apple seeds and hope to get oranges. So plant what matters to you and weed or prune that which has outlived its usefulness.
Angela Hryniuk extends the gardening metaphor to our relationships and prioritising our self care. Unmute to listen.
Gardeners spend time and energy improving their soil, so that whatever they plant will have a better chance of growing. The same is true of doing inner work. All you can do is create the best possible conditions, plant the right seeds, and care for the saplings as patiently and carefully as you can. You can’t force a plant to grow faster than nature intended and the same is true of us. So trust yourself and nurture that which you want to blossom in your life.
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