“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s” (L.M. Montgomery)
And isn’t that just about right? Just look around you at the colours of the trees and the sunshine and the beautiful skies. There is something about the essence of Autumn that lifts your heart and sings to your soul. Looking around and breathing in the sights and sounds actually has a positive impact on our brains and wellbeing. Being able to be in the moment and totally absorb ourselves in our senses takes our brains away from thinking about the one hundred and one things we must/could/should do - we cannot think and connect to our senses at the same time. Our brains can’t do it. Giving ourselves up to just being relaxes our entire body - from our feet to the top of our heads.
Talking of heads, I would guess that if you are reading this you have access to some sort of technological device. The device that enables us to download or access information, speak and/or see friends, lovers, partners, relatives or even strangers in a heartbeat. All very well and all very good. The problem is your head is down and your spine is tensing and you have cut yourself off from you. I am wondering how many of you reading this actually have the TV on, your iPad close by and are scrolling through messages and perhaps Facebook on your phone all at the same time - well not really at the same time, just quickly one after the other? Madness? Or just the desire to be ‘in the loop’, ‘know what’s going on’, ‘keeping in touch”? Sound familiar? And a little tense maybe?
We are living in the 21st century and this is our life. Like it or not it’s really difficult not to be techno in one way or another - it is what it is.
Yes it is what it is and sometimes we need to just forget about the chaos of life and recalibrate ourselves. To get back in touch with our bodies, to just be, to relieve the tension in our neck and/or spine, to absorb ourselves in feeling totally relaxed, to give ourselves up to some time for us.
Here at Grey Door is the place where our experienced and highly professional practitioners can treat a particular problematic area or can ease the 21st century from your body.
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30 days hath September. .... and so the saying goes on. It is three years since the inception of Grey Door Therapy Clinic and so more than time to begin the Grey Door monthly blog!
When I was walking on the Sussex Downs with Coco - my little dog - this morning I was struck again how busy my life is and how I just don’t take enough time to ‘stop and stare...’. Even as I was walking at a speed of knots I was thinking about client work and the Clinic generally - how to therapeutically challenge a certain client, what I need to do to encourage courage in another etc. and then other ways to improve the running of the beautiful clinic on Blatchington Road and so on. Then my thoughts turned to family and home and all the wonderful ups and the sometimes not so wonderful downs.
I had to make a concerted effort to stop and just look around me. Then when I did, Wow, how wonderful was that. The undulating curves of the grasslands, the zigzag of the paths, the dividing hedgerows, the tiny specks of sheep grazing in the distance, the light fluffy clouds skudding across a clear blue sky and the only sound was that of delightful birdsong. Guess what? I was smiling - yes smiling at just being and not thinking and certainly not doing. I actually felt my body relax and loosen.
Now I know not everyone has the time to walk on the Downs but I am guessing that we could all just slow down, take a look around and take some time out to just ‘be’ rather than always ‘do’.
I have a great book on my bookshelf at the clinic called “In Praise of Slow ” by Carl Honore. This book is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace but looking at striking a balance between fast and slow in a culture where faster equates to better. We seem to be in a zeitgeist where resting seems to be an anathema and in the words of Brene Brown “we must learn to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth”.
Just one of our wonderful therapists at Grey Door is Dheeresh Turnbull who runs courses on Mindfulness which is of course another great way of learning to slow down.
September is the gateway to Autumn. In the words of John Keats - ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. I somehow think of September as the start of something new - I guess it’s having many years of school age children and September was the time of new pencil cases, new school bags, new uniform, new classroom and sometimes a whole new school.
How about it being a new start of slowing down for you and ‘being’ rather than doing?
See you soon
Director and Psychotherapist