If you've ever read a poem by the 13th century poet Rumi, then you know what a delicious treat his words are, even today. One thing I love about Rumi is that his poems always challenge me to expand my mind and look a things in a new way.
In therapy, I sometimes offer clients something called a "reframe," which is a new perspective on their problem. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Rumi pomes, one that always helps me keep my emotions in persp
Some people may think that feeling that everything is "fine" is a sign that they're "healed" and therapy is no longer necessary. Ask a therapist, however, and they'll probably tell you that this is where the therapy actually begins. For what does "fine" really mean? We say it on auto-pilot probably 5 times a day: Coffee shop clerk "hi, how are you today?" you: "I'm fine, and you?" clerk: "Fine, what will you have?" office mate: "Mornin', how are you today?" you: "I'm fine, an
This is why I love bringing art into the therapy room. Not literal pieces of art that someone else has made-although that's certainly nice to look at! I'm talking about art prompts and projects for my clients to work with in session. Why? Art--drawing, molding with clay, creative writing, painting, dancing, making music, etc, is not only good for focusing the mind and expressing oneself visually, but it's also healthy for the brain, and healing for the soul as well. Personall
You don't have to go chasing adrenaline like this guy to be present in your life, though it's an automatic given that you will focus on the present when your life is in danger-for fun or otherwise. Being present in your life can take on many forms: counting the petals on a flower as you stop to smell it noticing the creases in your baby's chubby little fingers counting the clouds or stars in the sky smiling at yourself in the mirror as you wash your hands taking 3 deep breath
Remember the phrase "It takes a village?" Well I've been thinking a lot about that lately. It takes a "village" of doctors, nurses, family, friends, pets, nature, and prayer warriors to support a person through cancer treatments. It's taken a "village" of supervisors, clients, trainers, friends, family, pets, nature, and prayer warriors to get me through my internship. You know what else takes a village? Putting your life together after a tragic loss or traumatic event. Creat