The Story of the Bridge
One way to describe the journey of life is to compare it to a walk we are asked to take through a strange and beautiful landscape.
On this walk we will come upon many a river that will need crossing. Some we will find shallow and narrow, and we will take pride and pleasure in the ease with which we make our way across. Others will prove deep and wide with currents stronger than we find ourselves able for. In these rivers we will sometimes lose our ground and face the challenge of staying afloat, sometimes finding it nearly impossible to not lose ourselves in the strain of the ordeal. We naturally seek outside ourselves for some thing to hold onto, something to help bridge the gap between where we are and where we need to get to:
From no ground or instability to Balance;
From confusion and anger to Understanding;
From lifelessness to Creativity;
From disgrace to Grace and gratitude.
The richest and realest stories of our lives are in fact the rivers we have already managed to cross and the knowledge, gratitude, and wisdom we have gained from such crossings. This is and has always been the very nature of life. There are times of great joy and times of great sorrow; times of ease and contentment and inevitably times of fear, stress and,sometimes most frightening of all, despair and distress.
Having crossed a few rivers of my own and also having been privileged to have walked with many others in group work and private psychotherapy for almost twenty years now, I was inspired to build a bridge to help restore a deep sense of meaning, awe, and wonder to life.
This bridge is called SAOR. (Stones Across Our River). This bridge is made of four solid and safe stepping-stones set in the bedrock of self-respect and self care, paving the way for us to walk from the land of self care as burden to the land of self care as privilege.
This is a Bridge made of stone, a natural resource that is taken from the landscape itself to remind us that we always have in our immediate surroundings – actually buried within ourselves – all that we need to allow us reach the other side of any life experience, no matter how wildly the river rages.
I offer this bridge in the form of a journey of four separate steps:
Each step is to be taken independently, moving on to the next only if inspired to do so.
Each of the steps has its own unique and ancient symbol, native to our land.
Using these symbols as teaching tools, we are helped explore what is significant and meaningful to us at this given point in our lives; and if traveled into deeply they can educate and support us to strengthen our bodies, minds , hearts and souls for the journey of life and the experience of living .
Symbols, images and metaphors have the power to open our minds and hearts to what is most important to us. They help us remember and restore our faith in our ability to grow on.