I don’t have much time to blog this morning, so allow me to immediately get to the heart of the matter.
Last week at a group therapy conference in the heart of Los Angeles, I heard a wonderfully skilled and compassionate group therapist suggest something that mattered a lot to me — if somebody is telling a long story in group which is taking people out of the here-and-now, the facilitator can interrupt to ask, “What is the heart of the matter?”
Yesterday, in my first therapy group after my return to Boston, I told the members what I had learned about inviting people to go to the heart of the matter. That touched people’s hearts, in the moment, and deepened the experience of the group.
Do you see the heart of the matter in my photos from yesterday?
Usually, it matters to me that I completely erase the white board in preparation for other meetings in that room. Yesterday, I left “The Heart of the Matter” on that white board for other hearts to experience.
Here‘s “The Heart of the Matter,” by Don Henley, live at Farm Aid:
The heart of the matter is that I am unbelievably grateful to all who help me create these posts and to you — of course! — for reading them.