Working together for a better world...
Anyone wanting to know what it is like living in The Buddhist House should arrive early for a course block. Jeff came this afternoon with Owen, the first arrivals of the student cohort of the February psychotherapy programme. Hardly in the door, he was up to his elboes in the sink, scrubbing potatoes for tomorrow's meal.
It has been a day of last minute cooking - a pot of blackbean stew for tomorrow evening, soup, Aramati's famous bread and butter pudding... and last minute adaptations to the room plan, a lick with the vacuum cleaner and a polish of the bathroom taps. It was also a busy day with two callers, interested to know more about us, and a number of phone enquiries. Quite a bustle!
Most of it I have only had cursory involvement in, as I am still recovering from the bug which laid me low earlier in the week, but I anticipate being fighting fit tomorrow for the course block itself. We've a good line up this time. I always enjoy the spring block because it is the course where we do the creative, body focused work. Tomorrow we venture into minature worlds and play with toys so I have had a few days sorting out materials, which are all now spread out in the shrine room.
Lying down did give me the chance to watch some sandtray sessions on You-tube to warm myself up to the theme. It was certainly interesting watching the styles of different therapists using the materials. Reading about the Jungian principles set me thinking about the whole idea of opposites which Jung put forward- the idea that we reject some aspects of self (Self) into the shadow whilst promoting others in the persona. It made me think about the Buddhist idea of positive and negative attachments. and the way we form identity either through greed/grasping or through hate/rejecting. We are just as much products of our hates and of our loves. So, a good week ahead...
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