"Speak, Friend, and Enter": starting with a scene in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, this essay reflects on two different kinds of wisdom--those of 'wizards' and those of 'Hobbits'--and the relationship between them, including when to use one, and when to use the other.
Sophie Blackall's book Things To Look Forward To.
Anne Hathaway's compelling and realist portrayal of struggling with mental health issues in Amazon Prime's series "Modern Love"
Another photo from Dan Keusal: "Garden Waterfall."
"Room At The Table": using a scene from Ursula LeGuin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea as a jumping off point, this essay reflects on the importance of making room for the "other"--individually and collectively.
The poetry anthology Poetry of Presence, and a story that suggests a way to use poetry for a simple form of daily meditation.
James Hollis's video "Taking Your Dreams Seriously."
"Look Up, Within, and Out": reflections that start with a scene from the Netflix series "Away," moves from there to the recent Jupiter Saturn conjunction, then to a quote from Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections on the "ethical obligation" that arises from our inner work.
"Finding Meaning, Help, and Hope Amidst COVID-19"--reflections on practical and symbolic perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic.
"10 Practices for Self-Care During COVID-19"--fresh takes on ways to do self-care in this time of crisis...and beyond.
"Resources For A Richer Life": includes Lisa Koch's song "Pandemic Medley," Richard Hendrick's poem "Lockdown," Emily St. John Mandel's novel Station Eleven, and Dan Keusal's photograph "Sheltering In Place (Pink Rhododendron)."
"Tree Work Ahead": reflections on the value of trees--in the environment, and as archetypal symbols.
"Resources for a Richer Life": includes the song "Beyond The Cedar Moon" by Craig Olson, the poem "The Sycamore" by Wendell Berry, and the books Like A Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save The Planet by Jean Shinoda Bolen and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
"Delight, Enchantment, Wisdom, Awakening"--reflections on reading as a simple form of morning meditation, with four suggested books as a place to start: Ross Gays The Book of Delights, Thomas Moore's The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, Rachel Naomi Remen's Kitchen Table Wisdom, and Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening.
"Meigakure: Hidden, Then Revealed," reflections on how a concept from Japanese Garden design can help us walk our path in life.
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": two songs--Peter Mayer's "All The World Is One" and Dan Keusal's own "My Spring Is Autumn" (including a long lost recording of that latter song), plus a stunning photo of Autumn's beauty.
"Witness, Container, Guide," reflections on the meditation Dan Keusal does before each session with a client.
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": a quote from Thomas Moore on therapy as imagination, Jaspar Lepak's song "I Know A Woman," news of the upcoming Care of Souls conference, and Dan Keusal's photo "Sea Stones in Driftwood, Kala Point."
"Spices and Lovely Vitality," reflections on connections between Rumi's poem "Chickpea to cook" and Jung's idea of individuation.
"Resources For A Life of Depth And Meaning": a quote from Brene Brown, an interview with Naomi Shihab Nye titled "Your Life Is A Poem" (for Krista Tippett's podcast "On Being"), Mary Black's song "No Frontiers," and Dan Keusal's photograph titled "Sweet Doing Nothing."
"Night Vision," reflections on "taking in the night on its own terms."
"Resources For A LIfe Of Depth And Meaning": Suzanne Vega's song "Night Vision," a quote from Cesar Cruz, the poem "Proficiency" by Lynn Ungar, and Dan Keusal's photo "Snowfall on leaves and buds, Christmas Day 2017."
"There Is No Secret Ingredient," Reflections by Dan Keusal on 25 years in practice as a Jungian Psychotherapist, with a little help from "Po" in the film "Kung Fu Panda."
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": Robert Wrigley's poem "Being A Lake," Mary Chapin Carpenter's performance of the song "The Moon And St. Christopher," the movie "Life As A House" (starring Kevin Kline), and a quote on fanaticism from Jungian Analyst Robert Johnson.
"The Cure For Sanity," reflections by Dan Keusal on Jung's quote "Show me a sane man, and I'll cure him for you."
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": Mark Nepo's poem "Crossing Some Ocean In Myself," Bruce Springsteen's live, ad-lib version of Chuck Berry's song "You Never Can Tell," and a quote from e.e. cummings.
"Why Dreams Matter--More Than Ever," reflections by Dan Keusal on the ways dreams connect us with our deepest, wisest selves, reveal the ways we may have become stuck in our lives, and show us how to move forward.
"Resources For A Life Of Depth Meaning": Gary Snyder's poem "The Trail Is Not A Trail," Robert Johnson's book Inner Work: Using Dreams And Active Imagination For Personal Growth, the movie "This Is Where I Leave You," aquote from C.G. Jung, and Dan Keusal's photograph "Daffodils."
"First Bud," reflections by Dan Keusal on how the first bud on a Christmas Cactus served as a symbol of hope in difficult, frightening times.
"Resources For a Life Of Depth And Meaning": David Wilcox's song "Show The Way," Marge Piercy's poem "Councils," Dan Keusal's talk "To Travel In The Dark" (given at Seattle Unity Church 11/27/16), a quote from C.G. Jung, and the book What Do You Do With An Idea?.
"Your 'Field of Dreams' and Jung," reflections by Dan Keusal on how the classic 1989 film illustrates some key ideas from C.G. Jung's autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections.
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": an inspiring new music video from Carrie Newcomer ("Lean In Toward The Light," from her new CD "The Beautiful Not Yet"), a quote from The Rolling Stones, the poem "Crossword" by Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Dan Keusal's original photograph "Positive Spirit."
"A Walk Around The Lake," reflections by Dan Keusal on Jung's idea of "circumambulation of the self" and Wallace Stevens' line "Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake."
"Resources For A Life Of Depth And Meaning": a quote from Sigmund Freud (praising poets!), the poem "Lightning Is Not Guidance" by Rumi, the song "New Hymn" by James Taylor, The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe by Lori Bailey Cunningham, and Dan Keusal's original photograph "Dandelion."
"Living Larger," reflections by Dan Keusal on the connections between a scene from "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," some thoughts from Jungian Analyst James Hollis, and being led into a deep and meaningful way of moving through life.
"Resources For A Life of Depth And Meaning": a quote from Emily Dickinson, the poem "Midlife" from Julie Cadwallader Staub, James Hollis's book What Matters Most, and a moving performance by, and a thoughtful interview with, singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, who gained fame back in 1971 with his hit single "Sunshine Go Away Today."
"Just up the stairs": reflections by Dan Keusal on the connections between a moment in Powell's Books in Portland, and a key moment in Jung's life, recounted in The Red Book.
"Resources For A Life of Depth And Meaning": an a capella gem by The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 (their stellar cover of James Taylor's "Shed A Little Light"), Elizabeth Austen's poem "Deciduous" (and her 5-part video series on reading and writing poetry), a quote from a poster found on the wall of a medical center waiting room, Karen Bonnell's books on co-parenting before, during and after divorce, and Dan Keusal's photo "Half Moon, Winter Sky."
"List-ings...": reflections by Dan Keusal on the problem with lists...
"3 Good Poems": "The Music We Are" by Rumi, "We Have Come To Be Danced" by Jewel Mathieson, and "Monet Refuses The Operation" by Lisel Mueller.
"Resources For A Richer Life:" the song "Life Holds On" by Beth Nielsen Chapman, the movie "Departures," and some videos on the dangers of driving while text messaging (or of making any use of a mobile device)
Quotes from Lars-Anders Hansson, the film "The Lunchbox," a Buddhist Prayer, and Kahlil Gibran
Year-End 2014: includes the poem "At the End of the Year" by John O'Donohue
"Baseball And The Pain Of Men: reflections by Dan Keusal on a key scene in the Kevin Costner movie "For Love Of The Game," and its portrayal of the hidden pain and grief of men.
"3 Good Poems': "Bridges" by Jim Harrison, "Progress" by Julie Cadwallader-Staub, and "My Life Has Been One Great Big Joke" by Maya Angelou.
"Resources For A Richer Life": video "Leading With Lollipops" by Drew Dudley, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" in a soulful, creative rendition by former Yankee center-fielder turned classical guitarist Bernie Williams, and the movie/DVD "About Time"
Quotes from Hafiz, Suzanne Vega, Nietzsche, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jimmy Buffet
"Let There Be Darkness"--reflections by Dan Keusal on the importance of the growing darkness we all experience this time of year, and how we have so few opportunities to experience the "true dark." NOTE: this newsletter contains only my essay, but the essay contains links to many other resources, including a wonderful article by Seattle Times staff reporter Ron Judd on the ways that artificial light is eclipsing our ability to see the stars.
"Let The Void Be Void"--reflections by Dan Keusal on the wisdom of allowing for some open space...evoked by the blank walls in his new office.
"3 Good Poems": "The Guitarist Tunes Up" by Frances Cornford, "At The Berkeley Free Speech Cafe" by Thomas Moore, "Drugstore" by Carl Dennis.
"Resources for A Richer Life": links to an article to a physician on the wisdom of "doing nothing," a slide show that offers some perspective by showing what the planets would like like from earth if they were as close as the moon, and a video of a Chicago teacher reading her letter of resignation...and in doing so offering some poignant commentary of the dangers of "standardization"
Quotes by Yo-Yo Ma, Viktor Frankl, Thomas Chandler, Anne Belford Ulanov, and a medieval alchemical dictum.
Spring 2013: Due to Dan Keusal moving his office, there was NO Spring 2013 edition...
"Drawing Purple Trees--Celebrating 20 Years In Practice"--reflections on Elizabeth Christman's "Drawing Purple Trees" and its connection to 20 years in practice as a psychotherapist.
"3 Good Poems"--"Clearing" by Morgan Farley, "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye, and "X" by Wendell Berry.
Resources for a Richer Life: "In A Dark Wood--The Lure of Shadows" (a video by James Hollis), "If I Should Have A Daughter" (a TED lecture video by Sarah Kay), and "The Journey" (a poem by David Whyte).
Quotes by Dag Hammarksjold, Albert Camus, Rilke, and George Bernard Shaw.
"A Day At The Beach"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on what childhood family vacations at the ocean taught him about "diving in" to life, and finding depth and meaning there.
"3 Good Poems"--"Truth In Advertising" by Andrea Cohen, "The Only Way Out" by Dan Keusal, and "The Holy Longing" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Quotes from Honore de Balzac, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a Chinese proverb
"Resources For A Richer Life," including an interview podcast with Jungian Analyst James Hollis on the mid-life crisis, video of a breathtakingly beautiful communal celebration of the summer solstice, and an inspiriing lecture on CD by David Whyte
"Really Love Something"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on wisdom and guidance found...at the end of an interstate exit ramp.
"3 Good Poems"--"Psychology Today" by Darrell Arnoult, "The tao of touch" by Marge Piercy," and "Losing Steps" by Stephen Dunn.
Quotes from Yeats, Jung, Keats, and an old Hasidic proverb.
"Resources For A Richer Life," including poet Elizabeth Austen on The Seattle Channel's "Art Zone," Carol Pearson's book The Hero Within, and "Where is the poetry in politics?"--an essay by Alex Alben on restoring the power of words in public discourse.
"A Midwinter Night's Dream"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on a recent dream that may may reflect our collective anxiety...and show us a way through it.
3 Good Poems--"Diagnosis" by Sharon Olds, "One Of The Butterflies" by W.S. Merwin, and "Just As The Winged Energy Of Delight" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Quotes from Margaret Drabble, Catherine MacLellan, Teilhard de Chardin, and Albert Einstein
"Resources For A Richer Life," including Barry Lopez's short story collection Light Action In the Caribbean, Rober Ebert's Top 10 Movies of 2010, Peter Mayer's upcoming concert in Seattle, and soul-stirring music from Sarah Jarosz and Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!)
"Adding Heat And Spice"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on "mulling things over" during the holiday season..and in the New Year!
3 Good Poems--with a special focus on holiday songs, including John McCutcheon's "Christmas In The Trenches," James Taylor's "Home By Another Way," and Cris Williamson & Shelby Flint's "Greetings of the Season."
links to John McCutcheon's performance of "Christmas in the Trenches," a review of the film "A Midnight Clear," and the upcoming program "Reclaiming The Goddess--A Circle For Women."
"Captain--drop the shields!"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on the connections between mindfulness, your psycho-spiritual growth, and "Star Trek."
3 Good Poems--"Sleeping Together" (Daniel Sisico), "Things To Do In The Belly Of The Whale" (Dan Albergotti), "Reconsider The Seven" (Peter Pereira)
quotes from Mark Twain, Buddha, Jackson Browne, and a very wise bumper sticker
links to Catherine MacLellan's song "Something Gold" and her CD "Water In The Ground," a DVD of Hal Holbrook's one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!", a breathtaking performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on Norwegian TV, and a magazine that may shift how you look at yourself and the world: "Spring Journal"
"That's How The Light Gets In"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on how the "cracks" in our lives may actually be openings for the soul.
3 Good Poems--"The Good Nights" (Joseph Mills), "The Patience of Ordinary Things" (Pat Schneider), and "Healing" (D.H. Lawrence)
quotes from Jane Wagner/Lily Tomlin, Albert Einstein, Dorothea Brande, and Seneca
links to Parker Palmer's reflections on how to cope with depression, Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Leonard Cohen's song "Anthem," the ancient art of "kintsugi," Wendell Berry's poem "The Sycamore," and Peter Mayer's song "Japanese Bowl."
"What makes a fire burn?"--Reflections by Dan Keusal on allowing from for some "breathing space" in your life.
3 Good Poems--"Fire" (Judy Brown), "The Sycamore" (Wendell Berry), and "Lost" (David Wagoner)
quotes from Eden Phillpotts, Andre Gide, Robert Heinlein, and Thomas Berry.
reviews of the movie "The Girl In The Cafe," of Jane Tornatore's group for "Women Over 40 Who Never Had Kids," of Preston Singletary's exhibit "Echoes, Fire, and Shadows" at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and of two books--The Raven Steals The Light by Bill Reid & William Bringhurst, and Raven: A Trickster Tale From The Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott.
news of my upcoming workshop "Psyche and Sky--An Introduction To Astrology For Therapists."
3 Good Poems--"My Spring Is Autumn" (Dan Keusal), "The Way It Is" (William Stafford), and "Assignment #1: Write A Poem About Baseball and God" (Phillip E. Burnham, Jr.)
quotes from Albert Einstein, The Talmud, Goethe, and more.
reviews of Kathryn Mostow's CD "Dreamers Everywhere," Jean Shinoda Bolen's book The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self, and the program "Reclaiming The Goddess--A Circle for Women" by Linda Lasz and Christine Wallace.
my essay "The Three 'P's--Purpose, Pain, Passion."
news of 3 upcoming workshops: 1) "Psyche and Sky--An Introduction to Astrology for Therapists," 2) my kenote address to the Oregon State Dental Hygienists Association, and 3) "The Work You Were Born to Do--How To Help It Find You" for the Puget Sound Career Development Association
the NEW feature "3 Good Poems"--links to 3 poems you may enjoy
quotes from Scott Adams, Leo Durocher, Parker Palmer, and Tennessee Williams
reviews of the movie "Last Chance Harvey," Mary Chapin Carpenter's CD "The Calling," David Whyte's book Crossing The Unknown Sea: Work As A Pilgrimage of Identity, and the Washington Courage & Renewal retreat program.
my essay "Where are you underestimating yourself?"...which incoporates material from the movie "Last Chance Harvey."
news of my upcoming keynote address for the Oregon Dental Hygienists Association
quotes from Maya Angelou, Virginia Wolf, Alice Walker, Ray Charles, Philo of Alexandra, and Rabbi Hillel
reviews of "Frazz," Larry Murante's upcoming CD release concert, Karl Paulnack's essay "On Music," the movie "Lars And The Real Girl," and "Final Edition," a video produced by the staff of the Rocky Mountain News.
my essay "A Way of Working Things Out," based on the movie "Lars and the Real Girl"
notice about my completely redesigned web site!
Winter 2008-2009: (due to the redesign of DanKeusal.com, there was no Winter 2008-2009 edition)