I came across this quote a while back and it was one that actually made me think. Could it be true? While many people come in to see me so I can fix their situation, help them feel better, and wave a magic wand so their life improves, I just don’t have all the answers. Here is why salt water might just be the cure you are looking for and help guide your therapy experience:
Sweat: Whether literal of figurative working hard is required to get to where you want to be, at least in counseling. It won’t be easy but you can do it and it will be well worth it, I promise. Achieving your therapy goals and life goals take work. If changing is easy, you wouldn’t be seeking me out, you wouldn’t be struggling. If you work hard and fail, you have at least succeeded in trying.
Tears: There will be tears. Tears of joy, tears of pain but what it all means is allow yourself to feel what you are experiencing. Avoiding those feelings will not help you resolve the situation nor will it allow you to really experience the joys of life. That reminds me of a time when I hired a dog trainer. She had explained a customer of hers wanted their dogs to only bark when they were outside but not in the house. The wise dog trainer told me, you can’t train a dog to stop barking in the house and expect them to warn you about danger when they are out in the yard. In other words if you guard yourself from feeling pain, you also guard yourself from feeling happiness. Although feelings are scary, the more you experience them, the less scary they will be.
The Sea: For me, the sea literally is a cure in and of itself. To me the sea feels expansive, peaceful, turbulent, mysterious, vast, consuming, overwhelming, and exhilarating. It mirrors the ups and downs of life, the known and the unknown. The sea can evoke so many amazing feelings that it helps me forget about the trivial problems in life, connects me, grounds me, inspires me. Take time to play, find something bigger than yourself so you can put what you are going through in perspective, learn to let go.