Here’s a Mary Oliver for the closing of September. (Typing poems – copying anything – sounds pleasant, rhythmic; more satisfying than cutting and pasting)
Freshen the Flowers, She Said
So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain
and took out the tattered and cut each stem
on a slant,
trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all –
roses, delphiniums, daisies, iris, lilies,
and more whose names I don’t know, in bright new water-
a bounce upward at the end to let them take
their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,
perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music
with nothing playing.
This OT (and the person who writes this) is smarter than me. Great interventions all listed in one place. I don’t do cranial-sacral work (though have had it done). Hakomi method helps me tend to the integrated needs of mind-body-spirit. Check this out – do a few. Email me about it, if you wish.
Friday’s wisdom. We don’t have to be fully fine to reach out, to influence, to BE.
There is grace in learning. This is what I get from this quotation:
This is a poem that heals fish – how is it relevant to occupational therapy? How is it relevant to you? 1) boredom can lead to good things if you let it, 2) you can’t look in one place all the time and expect to find the full answer 3) meaning is what is “meaningful” and “meaningful” is found by looking? risking? doing? seeking? waiting? drawing? writing?…[no one else can really tell you this], 4) silence is important, 5) , 6) , 7) …
(This post to always be blended with April 25th’s!)
I like the list that follows (from a Berkley therapist). But I don’t believe it happens in a vacuum. Let your emotional work be there, under what you chose to do with your hands.
Do things each day; Occupy yourself with small things that matter, that advance you, that please you, whether they ‘work’ or ‘fail’ in the moment. They might be momentous accomplishments. Or they may be ‘small’ things. You decide: whittle wood, accept a job, feed the fish, cook supper, read a book, go eat the ice cream at the new library, throw a softball with your family….
And in the background be quietly aware of letting the following happen:
I was reminded of this at the Dr. Ruth Lanius conference in recent past days. Strength-based, she kept reminding clinicians to listen to their clients’ experience and self-knowledge. The digital story-telling was just a comment, but I was reminded of having heard of it before – something that can ground us in our creativity while feeling the power of our voice. Our stories matter; no matter how we tell them:
Nature – listen and look for new languages: