Our cat Joan is adapting to her hard cone, even though she doesn’t like it.
I’m adapting to going into work in person on Mondays, even though I don’t like it. I’d much rather be working from home, especially as I’m helping Joan with her adapting. This is my second Monday since the start of the pandemic going into the Boston medical center where I work, and it’s definitely easier this time.
I guess we’re all adapting all the time.
Do you see adapting in my other images for today?
The Daily Bitch has an interesting way of adapting.
Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “adapting”:
How are you adapting these days?
Blogging and gratitude both help in my adapting, so thanks to all those who are adapting every day, including YOU!
As usual, I am coping by connecting with others, so I just posted this on Twitter:
I’m also coping by creating safe spaces for group work, walking near the water, balancing my needs with others’ needs, taking photos, sharing images on social media, and — of course! — blogging. Do you see coping in my other images for today?
I am also coping by sharing the weird.
This is the first thing that shows up when I search for “How are you coping?” on YouTube:
Some coping strategies are timeless and universal.
How are you coping, my friends?
As always, I am coping by expressing gratitude, so thanks to all who are coping as best they can, including YOU!
Yesterday in my therapy group, people shared worst feelings, including disappointment in oneself and disappointment in others. At the end of the group, members said that sharing those feelings and realizing they were not alone helped them feel better.
Do you see worst feelings, best feelings, and in-between feelings in today’s images?
Are you the master of your feelings, besides being the master of your judgments, decisions, and actions? Do you let ALL feelings flow through you, without judgment?
Speaking of feelings, here is the saddest song I’ve ever heard:
As I like to say in my group, all feelings are welcome.
One of the best feelings is gratitude, so thanks to all who visit this blog, including YOU.
Last week, in a Coping and Healing group, I did a mindfulness exercise where I invited people to go to a calm place — remembered, imagined, or where they actually were in the moment. Most of the calm places involved water.
My calm place was exactly where I was: my son’s old room, in front of a computer screen filled with group members. Using mindfulness — focusing on your breath and doing your best to be in the moment, accepting all your thoughts and constantly redirecting your attention to the here and now, letting go of judgment — your calm place can be exactly where you are.
I’m in my calm place here and now, creating this blog post for you and me. Do you see calm places in today’s images?
Today’s blog post is inspired by the Daily Bitch, who helps me get through this difficult time.
During this difficult time, I will post my latest images.
During this difficult time, I’ve been facilitating five remote Coping and Healing groups each week and I’ll be adding a sixth one next Friday. In yesterday’s Coping and Healing group, I asked people who were experiencing this difficult time to use their sense of touch for a mindfulness exercise, focusing on something soft and comforting. I chose Harley’s favorite cat toy, pictured above.
I also suggested that people get through this difficult time by being especially kind to themselves.
Music helps me get through this difficult time. When I search YouTube for “Pat Metheny this difficult time,” I find this:
During this difficult time, it helps to believe that there are “Better Days Ahead.”
What are your thoughts and feelings about this difficult time?
During this difficult time, I am especially grateful for people like YOU.
For some unknown reason, I’m having this difficult time uploading and publishing this difficult time post. During this difficult time, I’ll just keep trying, while being especially kind to myself.
Yesterday morning, before leaving our dramatic New York City airbnb to attend the second and final day of a dramatic group therapy conference, I didn’t miss the drama of this sign on the wall:
I didn’t miss the fact that “Don’t miss the drama” was a perfect invitation for a day of learning, connection, and participation in the human drama of group therapy.
In those groups, I learned, again, how the dramas, traumas, thoughts, feelings, and actions of all the individuals present can dramatically form and transform a group experience. I’m so glad I didn’t miss the drama of that group therapy conference, despite the drama of our traumatic drive from Boston to NYC through white-out conditions on Thursday night.
Don’t miss the drama in my other photos from yesterday.
Did you pick up or miss the dramatic thanks I’m giving to the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and everyone else who contributed to the wonderful drama of my days in New York? Also, don’t miss the drama of my thanks to you — of course! — for participating in this blog.
At our Airbnb home-away-from-home in NYC, I noticed this on a signed photograph:
It says, “Bravo! Great voice!”
In the groups I observed and participated in yesterday (at the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society annual conference), I heard variations of “Bravo!” when people were brave, authentic, went beneath the surface,and gave great voice to their thoughts and feelings.
What helped people do all this in those groups? Perhaps it was this clear message (which I saw at the church where the conference took place):
“You are safe here.”
Do any of my other photos from yesterday deserve a “Bravo!” ?
Here‘s the Goedicke Concert Etude, played by Julia Bravo:
Thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — Bravo! — to YOU.