Homework: Your Rx for Wellness
Let's hit the Rewind button for a minute: Remember back when you were learning to drive a car? It was scary, frustrating, nerve-wracking, exhilarating, and eventually liberating (in that order). But the absolute Freedom and Independence, inherent in learning that new skill, were worth every single minute. Every minute of fear, every minute of self-consciousness, and every minute of self-doubt. You put yourself through a lot. Why? Because you wanted to be in the Driver's seat.
It took time, effort, laser-focus, practice, and perseverance. And, almost like magic, you figured it out. It got easier, and then one day, you mastered it. You were in the Driver's seat. And it felt amazing.
Fast forward back to today: You're cruising through life, metaphorically speaking, and suddenly there's a speed bump, a barrier, a "Detour" sign, a big ol' pothole, or a seeming dead end on your path. It's time to learn a new skill. That's okay, my friend. The truth is, we're always in a state of learning and growing; and having skills makes life easier, more fun, as we move along our path. And that's where homework comes in again.
Psychotherapy homework is no different than learning how to drive, and it requires no less dedication on your part. It may surprise you to know that I'm not going to "fix" you, because you're not broken. You're just looking for a change.
How do we get there? You and I are going to work, in partnership, to change self-limiting and/or self-destructive behaviors, beliefs, and routines so that you may start living the life you want to live.
When we get to that place where we not only want positive change, but we're ready for it, we put in the time and effort. We invest in ourselves.
And now you're wondering, "what kind of homework, exactly, am I going to get?"
Answer: That depends on you, your specific goals, and any barriers that are stopping you from realizing those goals. There's nobody else on this Earth just like you. You're one of a kind, and so is your homework. Some assignments will seem easier than others, but all are designed to move you toward your goals, and homework always includes daily meditation. Always.