On the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern part of the earth, I remember to pause and appreciate the rhythms of nature and the opposites of light and dark. Opposites balance each other in nature and our psyches. Without darkness I cannot fully appreciate the light. As I stand facing the sun on this day, I feel life pulsing energetically as we all cycle through moods, seasons, lifespans and orbits.
Poised at this moment of solstice time, I hope you will also witness and savor the experience of transformation that is at the heart of sandplay. Dora Kalff said “These images may show us that in all traditions, our lives correspond to a physical and psychic flow that can be looked on as the basis of individual development.” In that flow, each of us as individuals are an essential part of the totality.
I hope the Solstice calls you to observe, play and celebrate life in its endless variety and flow.
Ellen Searle LeBel
Quote from Dora Kalff’s book Sandplay: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche, ( 2003) page 14.