Many clients come to me first to talk about food but then we eventually get deep. Thankfully, not in the first session, or the second… more like the 4th or 5th.
One client couldn’t figure out why she had booked a followup appointment until she blurted out in her session, “I need to take care of myself, but I don’t know what that looks like.” I gave her a journaling exercise that could also be connected with a tea ritual, a walk-in-the-park ritual, or a special me time ritual that included all 3 activities. For the journaling, I suggested a minimum time of 5 minutes (it can be more); simply finish the sentence (“I really want to…”) and write on that theme until done or the time has expired. If she exhausted her thoughts but the time wasn’t up, she was to start at the beginning of the prompt again and see what else flows out. To make it extra special, I suggested she get a new special notebook (not just any old spiral bound notebook) and a special pen, perhaps also a special mug and a special tea blend. She’d been looking after her family for so long that it really was time for her to look after herself.
Another more recent client was on the edge of wanting to get deeper, having been through some life upheaval in recent years. I suggested an activity I just did last weekend, Treasure Mapping. Treasure Mapping, in a nutshell, is a very right-brain exercise. One searches (usually very quickly, without much thinking thought) for appealing images and quotes, then organizes them somehow on a page and affixes them. I use words that pop into my head as search terms in Google Images, then I drag and drop into a grid of sorts, in a Keynote/Powerpoint document. This client just reported back to me that she and her kids actually did this activity together, and she was able to learn much about herself – dreams, needs, wants. The kids even have their maps displayed near their bedside.
Make a note to include Treasure Mapping in your springtime activity, right after your spring decluttering and cleaning rituals. You may be amazed at what lies deep within yourself.