August is the time when many therapists and many clients disappear, take off, go and do something different. In August therapy offices are abandoned in the way that Paris is, inhabitants are elsewhere. Therapists and clients alike can feel abandoned at this time, changes in routines can be upsetting.
Journal Prompt: How is summer different for you from the rest of your year? Do you have regular summer patterns? Write about your best August memories (halcyon days or present pleasures). Use all your senses.
I’m enjoying being at home for August; I’ll take my break in September. But my new experience this month is….sleeping outside. There’s something about sleeping in the open air without even a tent between you and sky, waking to the first light (or the moon in the small hours) of the morning, the first sounds of animals and birds (hummingbirds almost skimming the top of my head at 5.37am), the natural world coming awake. And most of the time it’s silent, especially if there’s no wind in the night, only the occasional thud or rustle from below the deck (bear? deer?) to disturb the tranquillity.
August is the chance to hike favourite trails, catch up on projects, plans and possibilities – and continue to be in my therapy office as usual!