Know Your Own Spiritual Branches


Winter is the best time of year in temperate climate zones, to examine, trim, and plan restorations for when Spring arrives, to the shape and condition of trees which lose their leaves.

The reason is because the branches are bare so that the tree’s structure is clearly visible.

Each January, a similar process takes place in our lives.

After tremendous social activity, completing annual business activity goals for the prior year, being low on cash from holiday spending, most likely low on energy after six weeks of parties in many sectors of our lives, discouraged by freezing air temperature to spend more time outdoors than is needed for getting to our car or other transportation, January is the ideal time for overall assessment of who we are, to where we’d like to reach and how to go about doing so.

The popularity of “New Year’s Resolutions” points us in the direction of finding new answers, attending new programs, behaving in new ways.

In January, the branches of our spiritual framework are bare, mostly still, and undistracted by celebration, holiday pleasures and gatherings.

Just as each tree has a unique shape, appearance, particular areas that need our effort to trim or restore, for optimal growth, so too this theory applies metaphorically to each of us.

Before enthusiastically committing to New Year’s Resolutions based on how good they theoretically seem, allow yourself time to notice the condition and health of your specific branches.

By paying attention to the particular details of your spiritual branches, you’ll be in a stronger position to prioritize the areas that most deserves “resolution” during 2016.

By focusing on your particular situation, you’ll know and understand more about yourself, be more able to decide on resolutions most accurately suited to you, which naturally increases motivation to sustain them, than simply selecting what happens to be popular.

Examining your spiritual branches will give you the confidence of feeling that your preferences and priorities, and in what order you will try these, are the best for you.

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About Sherry Katz

Sherry Katz, LCSW is primarily a couples therapist who counsels partners and individuals of all adult ages, in relieving tension and unhappiness in their relationships. The spectrum of care in her practice includes recuperating from infidelity, clarifying and strengthening trust and communication, restoring and developing common ground for a relationship. Ms. Katz has a secondary practice interest in helping family members align themselves in response to caring for elderly parents, especially a parent who has Alzheimer's Disease.Old Stories, New Views Family Therapy

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