What shape waits in the seed of you to grow
and spread its branches against a future sky?
~ David Whyte
2020 has been a difficult and unprecedented year. 2021 offers the promise of some relief through both the vaccine and the changing political landscape.
As 2020 ends, it's worth taking some time to reflect on how you dealt with this year's challenges. Were you able to stay afloat? What internal and external life preservers did you discover when you needed them? What did you learn about yourself, your resillience, your strengths and vulnerabilities?
Pema Chodron's quote comes to mind:
Only to the extent that we expose ourselves,
Again and again to annihilation,
can that which is indestructible be found.
What lessons, joy, sorrow, losses, insight, appreciation, sadness, gratitude will you take forward with you into 2021? What seeds have been planted this year that will grow and spread their branches against the 2021 sky?
Ontact me if you you like to explore the seeds within you that want to grow
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Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley