Dan Keusal, M.S., LMFT

Jungian Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

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As we move deeper into the winter holidays, here are three things to quiet, inspire and support you. The first is a program I'm offering on Wednesday evening, December 18th titled "The Sacred Dark: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice." Details are here. The second is a poem that evokes the spirit of what this season once was about (may we remember): a time to "keep quiet," to be still, to do less. The third is another of my photos, taken just outside the door to my home after a snowfall. As the days grow ever-shorter, may you find sanctuary and solace in the quiet peace and joy of winter. 


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A poem for winter reflection:
"Keeping Quiet" (Pablo Neruda)   

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning:

(photo): "Snow on red holly" (Dan Keusal). I took this photo a few years ago, just a few steps from the door to my home, and just a short time after a Seattle snowfall. Click on the photo to download a full-size copy for your own enjoyment.
Dan Keusal, M.S., LMFT, Psychotherapist. (206) 523-1340. Email: dankeusal@dankeusal.com