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Newsletter No.26 - Waiting is a worthy act.

Hello, everyone. I hope you all have been doing well. I am writing to you after my isolation. Oh, finally all of us including my father who visited from Japan after 3 years contracted covid….How unlucky! Although I know that we all in the same boat, I couldn’t get over the miserable feeling. I noticed that we all started to appreciate something that can go unnoticed in a busy life - everyday we were watching colourful parrots visiting our garden.

After the two months’ break, in June, I was back with some of my monthly activities. A monthly moving space, Move & Connect was so enjoyable that I witnessed the eight participants moving with one another. I could feel the various energies, emotions, movements in the room. This space is sometimes just for fun, but also a space for participants to get in touch with their own feelings and bodies. There is another one coming up on the 21st July from 7pm to 8pm at the Room 7, Mitcham Community Centre.

At the Practitioners’ Learning Circle, the five practitioners gathered on a Sunday afternoon. We embodied and painted about our identities as it was the time around renewing memberships. We experimented creatively who we are in our body and what we see in colours. I came up with an image of myself ‘waiting’ to be moved. As I take a psychodynamic approach in therapy, waiting is so vital that clients have space and time to allow themselves to be themselves. Waiting can feel to the therapist that they are less ‘intervening’ clients’ challenges. However, waiting allows clients to become more aware of their own resilience. The next circle will be scheduled on the 24th July from 3pm till 4:30pm (AEST).

I would like to keep offering body mapping workshops in Adelaide. I have been feeling gutted as the last three planned workshops were cancelled due to the lack of enough participants. It is a creative, personal journey for practitioners. The Spring Body Mapping is coming up on the 14th and 15th October. If you are keen on trying it out, please let me know!

Lastly, I have begun the supervisor advanced course since May and now I am in a trainee position to supervise practitioners. I had waited for this new learning until I was ready. I describe supervision as a shared space for supervisor and supervisee to reflect on clinical practice and work collaboratively for the best interests of clients. To those who signed up, thank you for allowing me to work with you.

When you experience isolation or lockdown or quarantine, you patiently wait until the time gets over. Within the waiting time, you allow yourself to notice things that go unnoticed. I believe waiting is a worthy act. I hope you all continue to stay safe. Thank you for reading my newsletter.

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