Happy Solstice!

This post is part of CTC’s Reflections from our Clinicians series. These series consists of blogs written in the first person narrative, meant to reflect our values of independence while ensuring a broader diversity of topics, styles and opinions.

New York, December 21, 2018

Happy Winter Solstice! Tonight is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. How do we celebrate our light? And how do we embrace our darkness? In Latin the word solstice means “to stand still” and tonight may be about embracing darkness and learning to sit still with oneself. In antiquity it was believed that the solstice was the day when the sun died and with the next sunrise came its rebirth.

Being able to sit with things is perhaps the hardest and one of the most important part of therapy and of self-reflection. Learning to accept and also to change those parts of ourselves that cause us pain, or are rooted in trauma is difficult, yet essential to an authentic life, to rebirth, to liberation.

This holiday season I am grateful for all the wonderful people who are part of the Critical Therapy Center. To all of you: patients, colleagues, and friends, I thank you for your continuous support and your faith. To our patients in particular, your courage moves me deeply, and I thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life, to sit with you, to be together. And to my patients, I am grateful for the love we share!

Happy Solstice!