i have the fortunate ability to attend the Interchange Counseling Institute, which is training me in the ways of counseling & coaching. Once a month, there is a weekend workshop at Fort Mason & in between, us students practice counseling using the techniques we've learned over the past month.
There is a side benefit of getting to work on one's own internal issues, because, hey, you've got all these counselors-in-training who love nothing more than just being that listening ear.
My artwork above represents a collage of what happened this last weekend for me; a combination of creative inspiration from a new toolset on the iPad, my "routine" notes from the lecture, a capture of a 25 minute session about my upcoming right livelihood, and the heart of the matter (the pink part) where my smaller "Home Group (named, rightly enough, 'the Gaias')" had taken 40 minutes to let me just do nothing...that's right, collapse on the floor, and realize out loud that right now, my insides don't match my outsides..My job is one that is 180 degrees from my pagan practice & internal compass. i have so much love to give which is stifled by the place i currently spend most of my waking hours at DOING so many things. moment to be held, to rest, to cry...what a recharge of love & support!
In what ways are you getting the support YOU need? Do you have a safe haven, a person (or people) you can truly be yourself around? i am fortunate that i have found more than one in my life...my wife, Interchange, the Recovery community, and of course, CAYA...i wish for you the same blessings of abundant, safe, & communal space(s)!
-owl of love, priest of sounds & silences