Lockdown Support Bubbles! Extroverts Rejoice

Are you feeling the pinch…or lack of during Lockdown?

For Extroverts and those with Extroverted Feeling as a dominant cognitive function, these times have been extra hard. Particularly if you are single!

Recent announcements by the UK Government have meant that single people in the UK over 18 can choose a “Support Bubble” to become part of. this has meant a moment of euphoria for those who have been confined to their own four walls for weeks on end.

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Quiz nights, Zoom calls and Social Media can help but can also serve as a reminder of our own loneliness as we switch off and ask our four walls for some salvation. Even the recent UK announcement that up to 6 people can meet outside at a social distance has been a tantalising reminder that touch is not allowed.

As Lockdown slowly begins to ease and we tentatively step out into our New World, we should let the last few weeks serve as a reminder that Mother Nature is always in charge!

She has the power to give…and to take away!

We can adapt and indeed our extroverted nature meant that we manipulated technology in great ways to stay connected, we even joked about our situation and we made the changes we needed to so that we could stay ahead of the game.

But we should always remember, have respect for our fellow humans, and most of all this planet that we have on loan because it’s in charge!

Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. Find out more here

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Which Wolf do you Feed?

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As I hear the differing views of our World experience play out, I’m reminded of a very ancient Native American story that I recite often. it basically goes like so…

A young boy told his grandfather that he had repeatedly been visited by two Wolves in his dreams.

One Wolf was kind and gentle and gave him good advice, the other was scary and tried to take things from him and called him bad names.

“I want the kind Wolf to stay but the bad Wolf keeps coming too. How do I know which Wolf will stay and which Wolf will go?” asked the little boy.

His Grandfather pulled him onto his knee and said…

“The Wolf that stays is one you feed”

Which Wolf do you feed? The kind and loving one who is trying to help you grow, or the negative and cruel Wolf who only wants to make you feel unhappy?

Starve your cruel Wolf and let him go and feed your kind Wolf so he can stay as your companion.

Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. Find out more here

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Robins and Trees – a Soulful Journey

IMG_0291This afternoon, my husband asked me if I wanted to go for a walk. Of course! any excuse to enjoy the lovely winter sunshine. And I got so much more from it than I had imagined.

The sun glistened through the ramrod straight trees and sprinkled its golden glitter on the streams and ponds. Dogs frolicked through the muddy puddles and parents laughed with their children as they shared an experience. A corridor of trees enticed us and gently swayed and creaked as we obliged. The forest thanked us by revealing a beautiful sight. A solitary blue-green Douglas Fur (pictured above) standing tall and proud like a peacock. It was as if the tree knew we were watching it in awe and we loved it.

IMG_0287A soft stream tinkled over shale and small rocks and we hopped across it like children.

IMG_5408 (002)I clambered atop a giant chair and bruised my rear sitting on the unforgiving iron seat, but we still laughed as children watched me, waiting for their turn.

As we walked hand in hand, talking about nothing in particular, smiling and greeting those who knew the secret too, I felt I was in a place where all was good with the World.

As the end of our walk drew near, the sun was low in the sky and the moon was already visible as if to say, “thank you but you have to go now so that you can appreciate what you have seen”.

I turned to respond to a sweet tweeting and was distracted by squirrels running up and down the trees, collecting the treasures from picnic tables long since abandoned. Tweet, tweet, it was insistent and then, there he was, puffed up and full of attitude, staring back me.

IMG_0294“Don’t forget me” he seemed to say, and he waited patiently whilst I fumbled with my phone to catch his image.

IMG_5407 (002)Today, I truly fed my soul.

 

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