At the conclusion of Feldenkrais class tonight, one of the students said: "I think I got the idea. I'm going to go home and practice and practice." The teacher answered: "No, don't do that. Do another lesson and then go back to this one. It will be easier."
This is, coincidentally, a description of how this blog flows. It is a form of circumambulation. Many subjects are being addressed here: In the earliest posts, I wrote several times about empathy. Transitions, Flyin' By the Seat of Your Pants, and The Absent-Minded Professor are all articles about personality types and patterns of individual functioning. There are posts proposing ways to evaluate your life and how change can take place. How's the Fit? (3 posts), The Man in the Mirror, Shape Changers, Change is Possible and Jack Goes Boating are titles of but a few of those. There are posts on relationships and on the therapy relationship itself. Depression and suggestions for coping with it is discussed in a few posts.
So, there are a few examples of the intermittent re-visiting of subjects that I have been doing. Also as you follow the path of this blog, it can also function as a model for how to conduct your own growth. In therapy, people don't usually hammer away at one topic until it is all solved. Some try that. But, usually, the most natural way, it seems, to be in a growth process, is to explore a topic, leave it for awhile and then re-visit it. It will usually reappear giving you the opportunity to work and re-work it until it is modified or resolved and transforms into something else.
Sometimes people find, seemingly magically, that a stumbling block in themselves that they never addressed in therapy, gets healed as a side-effect of the other work. We are connected inside! If one part changes, so do others. (Another post that addresses this last topic is called I've Lost 38 Pounds!)
Have you noticed the "circumambulation" pattern of growth in yourself ?