We are intrinsically interconnected with our environment, this relationship with everything informs our present moment experience, some of which we are aware of and much of which sits in the background. Through this relationship we develop a sense of who we are and what we are moved by, what brings joy and what evokes grief. It is said that behind each of our actions is the desire to make meaning of our lives. We organise our experiences to interpret and give meaning to each moment of existence. We do this based on our own memories, expectations, beliefs, values, fears, assumptions or emotional states. By comparing and contrasting new and old information moment by moment we construct a new reality that is unique to us.
By actively engaging with our world moment to moment we are positioning ourselves to develop life affirming and meaningful experiences. When we are participating in meaningful experiences we are giving birth to a world as we would like it to be. Contributing to the continuation of life by bringing into the world something unique within us that is life affirming. Often the world we want is contrary to an experience or event that we have experienced that was deeply hurtful. Meaningful expression can be small or large gestures of connection and support for others to thrive. Each moment we are connected to ourselves and active in the world holds the potential for meaningful experiences.
Richard Prince is a Sydney based Gestalt Psychotherapist in private practice. He works with clients that are interested in developing their inner wisdom, to create a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfilling relationships. He has trained in the United States and in Australia, completing a degree in Architecture, and holds Masters Degrees in Social Ecology and Gestalt Psychotherapy. He balances his therapy practice with life in the professional business world as a creative practitioner, as a father, a husband, and as a full time human being.