I’ve been noticing many different types of expansion lately, including:
- the expansion of tasks and obligations to fill every available moment, unless I consciously and continually reserve time for self-care,
- building and construction expansions near where I work in Boston,
- the expansion of the number of classmates attending my high school reunion this coming Saturday,
- the expansion of hope for people who feel supported by others in therapy,
- the possible expansion of my group therapy practice to include people who do not have doctors at the Boston teaching hospital where I work, and
- this great tune by Pat Metheny, which expanded three times yesterday through my earphones during my expansive walks to and from work:
When I saw Pat Metheny appear on stage alone playing “Expansion” — surrounded by the expansion of all those incredible new instruments in his Orchestrion — that expanded my mind, my heart, and my soul. If you’d like any expansion of your knowledge and understanding about Pet Metheny’s Orchestrion, I’ve expansively included this link.
Today, I’m facing the expansion of all these tasks and obligations:
- Individual therapy where I work,
- Group therapy where I work,
- Checking out office space, as I possibly expand my therapy practice,
- Meeting all of my son’s new teachers (who I hope will be contributing to the expansion of his fine mind and understanding of the world around us), and
- A board meeting of the Northeast Society of Group Psychotherapy, an organization which contributes to the expansion of group therapy practice around here.
I think every photo I took yesterday, while I was listening to “Expansion,” relates to the title of today’s post.
If you were going to choose one of those images to represent “Expansion,” which one would it be?
If you have any thoughts or feelings about the expansions expanding in this post, I hope you expansively leave a comment in the expanse below.
An expansion of gratitude to Pat Metheny; to people who explore the expansion of hopes and options in individual and group therapy; to teachers everywhere who contribute to the expansion of young minds; to every person, place, organization, animal, and thing that expands my universe; and to you — of course! — for the expanse of time you spent here, today.