Today I found myself struggling with critical thoughts and was feeling stressed about having to put in hours and hours of work in on my day off. I OFTEN DON’T HAVE A WHOLE DAY OFF IN THE 7 DAY PERIOD.
I went to see my supervisor to sign off on my therapy hours and I realized talking to him that my soul was telling me to slow down and listen. As I was invited into his lovely home he took me outside and showed me his veggie garden, play house where his children used to play, explained the life history of the trees on his land, and what he liked to do in the yard during the year. As we sat in conversation I could hear my mind telling myself that I needed to hurry up and get home so I could finish much needed paperwork and treatment plans. He then asked me while I was thinking this if I would like to go fly with him. I thought of the million reasons why I did not have time in my mind and before I knew it a YES came out of my mouth. I felt relief, as if I was acting from a place of self love. I listened to that YES and as we flew in the sky I got a different perspective—it was as if flying in his little 2 seater plane was like I had stepped out of myself, my stress, gaining new sight about myself and stressors from a distance. He let me fly the plane all by myself! I have never flown before in a small plane like this. It felt balancing, energizing and magical. I am so glad I spent this time with my dear supervisor and friend. I know that he is getting old and who knows how much longer he will be on this earth. It was important that I did this today.
As I left to go see a client I told him I would love to fly with him and he said that he would teach me. I know that I meant it and walked way fulfilled and happy. Somewhere in my heart and intuition I know that my offer meant much much more to him than me…and this is truly a gift.
Love and light,
Lindsey Wert is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Sonoma County with special interest in treatment and prevention of eating disorders and sexual trauma. Lindsey’s passions are supporting women in learning how to love themselves from the inside out. Lindsey contributes to her community by giving eating disorder presentations, doing prevention work and supporting the health at every size movement. Visit Lindsey’s personal website, From the Inside Out: Self Love and Transformation
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