Integrity. I think we all love the idea of this word. We look for it in our leaders, our healers, our partners, and in ourselves.
And yet, when you look at the definition - “Integrity: the state of being whole and undivided” - that feels like a tall order.
Think about how challenging it is to avoid feeling divided between roles you play: the parent, the lover, the professional, the seeker, the artist, the activist, the peacemaker, and the Netflix binger.
And then there are all the professional roles that tug you in multiple directions: the healer, the advisor, the creative, the manager, the marketer, the accidental social media addict, and the person who empties the trash can.
For years, I’ve grumbled about this, but lately, I hear my voice growing louder as I growl “I cannot do all the things!” And sometimes it comes out as a whimper into my husband’s shoulder “I’m sick of doing too much and feeling like none of it will ever be enough.”
But, of course, it is possible to juggle and balance these tasks and responsibilities. It is possible to work and live in the midst of the mess and feel whole. It is possible to root into the core of who you are so you can grow many strong branches that “hold all the things” (or at least the things you actually need to hold).
This quest for integrity is why we have mindfulness, mysticism, meditation, and self care. Hopefully, this quest also brings us to comforting embraces that hold us together when we seem to have misplaced our own strength.
And, this quest for integrity is always furthered when we collect and write down our stories.
Introducing the Practice of Being Seen Journal
Part of my own journey toward integration is figuring out how to present my collaborative project, the Practice of Being Seen, with a community that knows me as Marisa, the writer and storytelling coach.
I do hope I have managed to communicate that POBS is a community for therapists that I facilitate with my close friend and colleague Rebecca Wong. And, starting in January, the Practice of Being seen is also a podcast that speaks to healers, therapists, and seekers of magic and connection.
This deepening collaboration doesn’t mean I’m leaving my “private practice” behind. It means that I’m able to strengthen my core and expand my offerings with the support of a kindred spirit.
Writing and storytelling - as well as relationships and self-awareness - are at the heart of what Rebecca and I are creating.
And so, we’ve designed a sweet little journal that is intended to help you record the stories and interconnected themes that you encounter in sessions with clients and in daily life.
I’d love to introduce you to our work at the Practice of Being Seen. And I invite you to participate and support our new venture by purchasing a journal that with further your own practice of seeing yourself and being seen by your world.
And, if you include a note that says "pen, please!" when you check out on PayPal, I'll send you a present that reminds you to tell stories that connect! (Act before December 31 to get your gift!)
If I don't have a chance to fill this space with words before the holiday bliss (or should we say blitz?) really sets in, I wish you and yours a warm and happy Solstice, Festivus, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
May you discover some time to write under the glow of some twinkle lights, perhaps in a journal you give as a gift to yourself!