Inspiration, Journaling, mental health

The Sound of Silence

In 2005 I took a trip as a college credit across the United States in a 15 passenger van with 12 other students that I really didn’t know.  The purpose of the trip was to experience different cultures and create art in ways that I could not experience in my Midwestern campus life.  The most inspiring part of the trip for me, that has left a lasting imprint on my psyche was a hike down into Canyon de Chelly in Arizona.  Hiking down into the basin of the canyon was the only time I have every experienced true Oneness with the world.

I recall a specific moment during the descent in which I subsequently felt minuscule and gigantic…and immediately started crying! In this one moment, I remember seeing a small flower growing out of a rock.  I was so much more complex, large, and evolved than this plant AND at the same time I looked across this canyon and realized that I am a tiny speck on this planet.  The hike into the Canyon is 1 1/4 miles each way and I would estimate that I had this experience about 1/3 of the way down.  I hiked the rest of the way with complete awareness of the awe of nature.

This is the sound of silence.

 

View of Canyon de Chelly

 

How would you capture silence in a photograph? Is it a positive image like this one, showing a much-needed break? Or is it the opposite, revealing the lack of communication in a friendship or the dangers of not speaking out? Show us your interpretation in a new post.

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I have missed you!

I have not posted a blog in over 30 days! I feel so guilty about that…and yet it has been for good reason.  For the last month my schedule has been (over)booked with personal conquests.  I share this as I believe it is important to be transparent and show what therapists do to stay mentally healthy! In the last month I have earned my motorcycle drivers license, made monumental progress on refinishing my basement, read TWO fiction/just because books, and gone on several hikes both solo and with friends to name a few.  It is very important to me and for my mental health for me to build mastery, continually challenge myself, and nurture a sense of adventure. These are things I try to teach clients of mine on a regular basis…

Consider Newton’s First Law of Movement: An object in motion stays in motion; an object at rest stays at rest.  If you are depressed (ie: not in motion) you will stay there until something or someone helps you to start moving!

With that being said…what can you do? What WILL you do? Comment below and let me know your ideas for adventure and movement!Image