Dianne Bachman, LCSW

Psychotherapist

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Though I have created several dozen new SoulCollage cards since my last blog post one year ago, this particular one caught my attention today.  Summer....vacation....journeys.....this card certainly speaks to those.   "Where are you headed?"  I want to ask.  The beach, the mountains, on an airplane, on a train, by car....We are all headed somewhere.  And having plans to look forward to adds that spark of magic on a gloomy Monday when it is tough to roll out of bed.  "Let's see...in one month from today I will be looking at a different sunrise or sunset."

But more than the seasonal travel that holds a known destination and a soft pillow at the end of the day, I am called to ask the quesiton again.  "Where are you headed?"  There may be worries, hopes, fears, crises in faith, leaps of faith, confusion.  So many distractions, so much chaos and uncertainty in our world these days.   It is easy to cue up with the drama of the day...the bad news....who is fighting with who.... who blames what for God knows what.....  

So, the true challenge is to be present, to be in the world and not succumb to the mindless chatter that circles around us like greedy pirhana.  We are invited to open the windows, to take our shoes off, to walk in the cool grass, to listen to the sound of wind tossling the wind chimes.  These moments are nourishing, these are sustaining, these are what ground us.  And in sitting with our deep selves and welcoming whatever shows up, even though it may be surprising or overwhelming at first, we acknowledge our human experience.  This is where we are headed, through the senses,in this moment, one breath at a time.

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