The bird’s path, winding far,
Is right before you.
Water of the Dokei Gorge,
You return to the ocean,
I to the mountain.
- Hofuku Seikatsu (d. 976)
The challenges of this past year are unprecedented. We were
exposed to a life ending virus and instead of gathering to support each other
we had to isolate ourselves from the world. The shift to teletherapy was the
only way to continue providing help while we complied with the mandates from
the government. It was the beginning of a new path for both of us.
Psychotherapy is unique in bringing the known and unknown into the same space. The
bird’s path before us holds what is familiar and strange. When we come upon a
new thought or a strong feeling we can pause and share our experiences. The
dialog will always produce a narrative that can bring a new and deeper
understanding for my client. The river in Dokei Gorge is constant with an ever-changing
flow of water. Our regularly scheduled meetings become a constant space for the
ever-changing flow of experience. Even as we sit in our separate homes, the
video connection allows that space to exist. We have been able to continue our
journey on this far and winding path in these uncertain times.