Friday, June 04, 2010

Following the Thread

"There's a thread that you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread."

--William Stafford

Stafford's notion of the thread we follow is one I've been pondering recently. When I think of my work as a therapist, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator I look at the varied ways I engage others. While it could appear on the surface as spreading thin, in reality the thread that connects each process allows those I engage to move deeper toward self-awareness and personal goals.

We each learn in different ways, but always by experience. For some people, awareness comes through spoken words. For others, it is more visceral. There's audio and visual. Art. Music. Nature. Movement. The list is as unique as each individual, and inside everyone is the beginning of his or her thread. By being open to process rather than product (journey versus destination), awareness and transformation deepens.

My thread - both personal and professional - leads toward deepened self-awareness and more authentic living. My offered modalities are personalized to each individual. Sometimes the work is done in two chairs, face-to-face, listening to story and waiting for the thread to appear. Other times, awareness comes through image and symbol, silence and contemplation, journaling or physical movement. The beauty is that healing and insight can happen anywhere and in a variety of ways.

Have you let go of your personal thread? Perhaps the edges have become frayed and you're ready for a little re-weaving. How do you envision the thread(s) of your life? Do they weave together to create a cohesive rendering? Are there so many loose ends and knots that you're coming unraveled?

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Dianna Woolley said...

Your sister, sister, likes this post. I'm holding on to my thread and it's leading me in wonderful paths of joy and exhilaration. The thread's strongest force today was when the sun decided to appear and stay for most of the day - lovely!:)

Stability Ball followed by a lovely hour of WW Chamber Festival Musicians performing a free concert for seniors (I was not required to show id:) in the upper gym. A great cool down exercise! The thread led me home for a nice nap and then some gallery hopping this evening.


Karen said...

It seems like this idea has been the force of my life for the last three years--what are my threads? And am I following them? I'm still not entirely certain, but I've learned a few things, like--it can't be forced. And also, settling into gentleness and love feels true...