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Day 2288: Open

As you open today’s daily blog, what are you open to? Are you open to new information?  Challenges to your assumptions?  Dissenting and different opinions? Difficult experiences?  Transforming old and unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors?  Balancing your needs with other people’s needs? Self care and care for others? Whimsy? Wonder? Curiosity? Trying new things?

Yesterday, I was open to meeting wonderful WordPress blogger Debra in Los Angeles during an opening in my group therapy conference schedule.  We were both open to hugging each other, even though we had never met outside the blogosphere before. Debra brought me a present which I was happy to open and we were both open to accepting help from a stranger to take a photo. We  talked about the importance of remaining open to  multitudes of opportunity for change and growth throughout our lives.  I opened up with Debra and told her that I look for the word “open” when I’m open to capturing images with my camera.

After I met Debra, I was open to attending the Friday night dance of dozens of group therapists at the conference I’m attending. I expected to be too exhausted to stay long, but I love to dance, so I was open to getting on the dance floor when invited.  I was open to the surprising realization that I was able to keep up with the other dancing group therapists for over an hour, despite health challenges and my age.

Are you open to seeing all my photos from yesterday?

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That’s Erica, an incoming President from another local affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, who was open to posing with me and a flamingo last night at the dance. Erica is open to receiving my daily blog in her email but I don’t know how often she opens it. Erica seemed open to the idea that we both use the image above for our official presidential photos.

What YouTube music video would you like to open this morning? I am open to learning that  Van Morrison and Pete Townsend wrote and sing different songs about how love can open the door to your heart (here and here).

I am open to reading any comment you make, below.

I may not open these posts with gratitude but I always close with thanks to those who help me create this blog and the sweet wonderful people e who read it (including Debra, Erica, and YOU)!

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Day 2287: Travel together

This week, as I travel together with many other group therapists to greater understanding and wisdom at a national conference in Los Angeles, I have this image to share with you:

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Because I was traveling fast, alone, when I took that photo yesterday, it’s a little blurry. Here’s what that t-shirt says:

If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.

I recently found this in my fast travels online:

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In your travels, have you discovered the truth in that African proverb?

Let’s travel together through my other photos from yesterday.

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Yesterday afternoon, many of us travelled together in a workshop by Dr. George Bermudez titled “Social Dreaming: An Opportunity for Communal Integration and Healing of Social Fragmentation.” I think traveling together, social dreaming, communal integration, and healing of social fragmentation is especially important in these days of “true” lies.  Are you together with me on that, dear readers?

My musician friend, Dave, called me at the conference yesterday to suggest that I travel far, alone, to Venice Beach with my ukulele and play my original songs there. Dave thinks that’s a fast way for me to travel to fame and fortune. For now, I think I’ll continue to travel together with the other participants in this group therapy conference through Saturday.

Let’s travel far together through this video which I just found fast on YouTube:

If you want to make a comment, travel to the comments section, below.

As always, I’m grateful to travel far together with all those who help me create this daily blog and with all my readers who travel here to read it, including YOU.

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Day 1892: Why people respond to you the way they do

One thing I consistently relearn in this world (especially when I attend a group psychotherapy conference) is why people respond to you the way they do.

Last week in Houston, I found that people responded to me the way they did because of

  • assumptions,
  • memories,
  • feelings, and
  • the unconscious.

Here are two examples of people responding to me the way they did:

Example #1.

In a very large group, a woman sitting near me responded to everything I said with hostility, aggression, and opposition.  After the group session,  I approached her and  asked her if I had offended her in some way.  She said, “Oh no!  I’ve never done one of these large groups before. I just thought that was what you were supposed to do — argue with the person who had just spoken.”

Example #2.

In a different, much smaller group, I was the first to speak up.  A man sitting across from me seemed to respond to everything I said with some mild hostility. After about an hour, I let him know, in the group, that I was experiencing  some hostility from him and I wondered what that was about.  At first he said he wasn’t aware of being hostile towards me.  When another group member joined me by telling him she also saw the hostility towards me,   he thought about it. Then he  said, “I guess there is some hostility there. I saw you yesterday in another group where you spoke up first.  When you spoke up first here, I thought, ‘Oh, there’s Ann, doing THAT again.’  I said, “Oh!  Now I understand.  Thank you!”

I respond to the world the way I do, sometimes through pictures.

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I responded to my son Aaron’s news about winning the University of Edinburgh Stand Up Comedy Championship by taking a screen shot of his award (above).  I responded to my wish to find his comedy routine on YouTube by searching  that site by his name.  YouTube responded with this video:

 

I respond to that video the way I do because I’m his mother.

Please respond to this post the way you do.

I respond the way I do, here and now,  because I’m grateful to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 1884: Inspired

Because I am participating in an inspired group therapy conference with other inspired group therapists, I am inspired to make this blog post short today.

So, I will ask two inspired questions.

  1. What has inspired you this past week?
  2. Who has inspired you the most in your life?

I will post one inspired photo.

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And I will share one inspired video.

I am inspired by so many places and people, including YOU.

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Day 1880: What makes this a safe place?

What makes this a safe place?  What makes any place safe?

I ask those questions because without a safe place, it’s difficult to be in the moment, trust, learn, and grow.

Yesterday, in a therapy group, the members discussed many issues, including safe places.

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Then people expressed thoughts and feelings about personal safe places.

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In the safe place of the group room, I asked myself those two questions  — What makes this a safe place?  How can I express that in 20 minutes? — because I’ll be presenting about my groups next week in the safe place of a group therapy conference in Houston.

I hope this is a safe place for you to describe what makes a place safe for you.

In the news, people are discussing whether guns make a place safe.

Parents and children are challenging politicians to make the United States a safer place.

Gratitude helps make this a safe place, so many thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 1623: What thoughts intimidate you?

What thoughts intimidate you?

Your own thoughts?

Other people’s thoughts?

These days, I am more intimidated by my own unhelpful thoughts than I am by other people’s thoughts.

Any thoughts about my photos from yesterday?

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Do any of those thoughts or photos  intimidate you?

Yesterday, I was not intimidated by the thought of becoming President of the Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy (NSGP). Nobody else seemed intimidated by the thought of that, either.

Tonight, after another full day at the NSGP annual conference, I’m going to see the intimidatingly talented jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny.  I just searched for “Pat Metheny intimidating” in YouTube, and here‘s what came up:

Please leave any thoughts in a comment, below.

Thoughtful thanks to NSGP, to Erica (a board member from the New York affiliate group therapy organization), to Steve Cadwell (who ran yesterday’s “Group Therapy as Theater” Workshop), to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pat Metheny,  to everyone else who helped me create this (I hope!) non-intimidating post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 1622: Following directions

I admit that I have trouble following directions. When somebody tries to give me directions that are complicated, I stop listening and figure things out on my own.

Maybe I should be following directions I give others and ask for what I need. The next time I have trouble following somebody’s directions, I’ll direct them to slow down so I can take one step at a time.

Yesterday, as I was following directions during a group psychotherapy conference, I noticed these directions:

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I remained calm while hearing the following directions during the group therapy conference:

  • Put your feelings into words.
  • Take interpersonal risks.
  • Let go of old, unhelpful scripts.
  • Connect with others.
  • Use the support that’s available.
  • Embrace the beautiful fiasco of being human.
  • If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.

Are any of the directions in this post worth following?

I am following directions at YouTube to share the following directions scene with you:

Please follow directions to leave a comment  below.

I am following my own directions for expressing appreciation, so thanks to all who helped me direct today’s post and to you — of course! — for following me here.

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Day 1621: Admit One

If you were going to admit one thing, here and now,  what would it be?

I admit that it’s difficult to admit only one, so I hereby admit that

  • I’m attending a three-day group therapy conference,
  • I’ll be participating in a therapy group with other group therapists today,
  • I am the president-elect of the professional organization giving the conference,
  • I told my groups yesterday that “I’ll be a better group therapist next week, after attending the conference,”
  •  one of the therapy groups yesterday focused on the topic of “fear,”
  • the other group discussed thoughts and feelings about their names, and
  • I took only three photos yesterday.

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I admit that I just searched for “Admit One” on YouTube and found this:

I admit that I could have used that book before being admitted to the hospital.

I admit that I like to include music in this blog.

I admit that I recently posted here that I might miss a Pat Metheny concert this weekend because of the group therapy conference. I admit I made a mistake — I have a ticket that will admit one to see Pat Metheny Sunday night, after the conference is over.

I admit one more thing: I am very grateful to all who helped me create today’s Admit One post and — of course! — to you, for admitting me into your home, here and now.

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